SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 For gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning Sparkers and those who love and support them. Welcome! SparkPeople GLBTQ Spark Network: We Are Family Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=940 Gay Pop Music Legend Bob Crewe-- Dead! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59157304 Gay Pop Music Legend and LGBT Philanthropist Bob Crewe Dies-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Bob Crewe, the songwriter and record producer behind hits by Patti LaBelle and the Four Seasons, died Sept. 11 at his home in Maine. The gay music pioneer was 83. <BR> <BR> "He created The Four Seasons," brother Dan Crewe told the Portland Press Herald Thursday night. "But he will be remembered for the actual songs he wrote, the quality of those songs, which are now considered the standards of the rock 'n' roll e... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:48:23 EST Kazakhstan politician: gays can be identified with http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59157263 Kazakhstan politician: gays can be identified with blood test for 'degeneracy'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Kazakh politician has said LGBTI people can be easily identified by blood testing for 'degeneracy.' <BR> <BR> Dauren Babamuratov, leader of the Bolashak national movement, made the comments last week at a press conference calling for laws banning LGBTI people from spreading 'propaganda,' taking public office and serving in the military. <BR> <BR> TengriNews website quoted him as saying, 'We h... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:44:40 EST Marry Me in Seattle Sweepstakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59153732 Marriage Equality USA has just announced their partnership with Visit Seattle for the Marry Me in Seattle Sweepstakes! An all-expenses-paid wedding package and reception for up to 20 guests is being given to four LGBTQ couples from out of state, one couple each month for the first Wednesday in September, October, November, and December. <BR> <BR> As part of this sweepstakes, MEUSA is providing online resources to all entrants, as well as a free wedding registry for the lucky winners. Just i... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:13:40 EST German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59150928 German gay rights activist beaten in Belgrade-- <BR> <BR> <BR> BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A German man who took part in a gay rights conference suffered life-threatening brain injuries when he was severely beaten in downtown Belgrade on Saturday, Serbian police and gay activists said. <BR> <BR> The identity of the 27-year-old man has not been released. Police said later Saturday they have arrested three suspects. <BR> <BR> Jovanka Todorovic, from the Labris gay and lesbian group, told The ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:13:15 EST Chick-fil-A Banned From High School Fundraiser... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59150902 Chick-fil-A Banned From High School Fundraiser Over CEO's Opposition to Gay Marriage: VIDEO -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Venture County, California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-a sandwiches on campus because of the company's position on gay marriage. <BR> <BR> In the past, the fast food chain's CEO Dan Cathy has made his displeasure with LGBT equality well-known, including saying that America is "inviting God's judgement" by letting gays marry. <BR> <BR> CBS Los ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:11:14 EST Video Game Company to Fix Anti-Gay 'Glitch' in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59150871 Video Game Company to Fix Anti-Gay 'Glitch' in 'Sims 4'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Officials from video game company Electronic Arts announced this week that it would fix an anti-gay "glitch" in its newly released computer game "The Sims 4," Gawker's video game news site Kotaku reports. <BR> <BR> "The Sims 4" was launched just last week but some players have already discovered that users cannot share Sims via its online "Gallery" system if they use words like "gay," "homosexual," or "queer" in the c... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:07:56 EST With gays allowed to march, Catholic League drops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59150841 With gays allowed to march, Catholic League drops out of NYC St Patrick's Day Parade-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An LGBTI group will be marching in the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2015 but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights will not be. <BR> <BR> The group's president, Bill Donohoe, posted a letter on the group's website Thursday (11 September) explaining why the league won't be participating in the parade for the first time in 20 years. <BR> <BR> Donohue writes that wh... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:06:06 EST Russian lesbian discovered with throat slit in St http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59150821 Russian lesbian discovered with throat slit in St Petersburg-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Many in the St Petersburg LGBTI community have been left shocked by the apparent murder of a local lesbian woman. <BR> <BR> Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found dead in her car by a passing street cleaner early in the morning of 7 September. <BR> <BR> Her body was discovered with a 9cm incision to the throat. The car's headlights were on and the engine was still running. <BR> <BR> Police initially quizzed family m... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:04:20 EST In Cameroon drinking Baileys could land you in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59150800 In Cameroon drinking Baileys could land you in jail for gay sex-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court <BR> <BR> A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people. Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act. <... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:02:54 EST NSFW: Some of the hottest lesbian scenes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59142835 Cannot even believe they made this list without including an Angelina Jolie kiss! (And I certainly wish there were more great lesbian scenes in movies that ended well.) <BR> <BR> <link>metro.co.uk/2014/09/14/nsfw-five-of-<BR>the-hottest-lesbian-scenes-in-movie-hi<BR>story-4868721/ </link> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:16:23 EST Justice for widower in Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59132827 A federal district court judge just ordered the state of Arizona to provide a death certificate that accurately reflects a recently deceased Arizona man's marriage to another man. Lambda Legal requested a temporary restraining order last week on behalf of 69-year-old Fred McQuire, surviving husband of George Martinez, who died August 28 at the age of 62. <BR> <BR> Fred and George had a 45-year love affair until George passed away last month. George served in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, a... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:04:36 EST Glee star Kevin McHale speaks out for gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59121163 Glee star Kevin McHale speaks out for gay marriage rights in the US-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On TV's Glee, the character of Artie Abrams isn't gay but he has had plenty of gay friends like Kurt, Blaine and Santana and lost his virginity to bisexual cheerleader Brittany. <BR> <BR> Kevin McHale, the actor who has played Artie for the past five seasons, is also gay friendly and is speaking out for full marriage equality in the US. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/glee-sta<BR... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:07:48 EST City to become first in Mississippi to grant same- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59121127 City to become first in Mississippi to grant same-sex spouse benefits: report-- <BR> <BR> <BR> JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The Mississippi city of Starkville will become the first in the right-leaning state to extend benefits to same-sex partners of its employees, according to local media reports. <BR> <BR> Starkville, a city of 24,000 residents that is home to Mississippi State University, in January became the first Mississippi city to adopt a resolution affirming the value of all citizens... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:05:53 EST Winston-Salem, NC Defies Gay Marriage Ban by Recog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59121092 Winston-Salem, NC Defies Gay Marriage Ban by Recognizing Married Same-Sex Couples as Spouses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Winston-Salem is believed to be the first city in North Carolina to defy the state's ban on same-sex marriage and recognize married, same-sex couples with valid out-of-state marriage licenses specifically as "spouses," <BR> <BR> Citing the 4th Circuit's ruling overturning Vriginia's gay marriage ban and North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announcing that he would no longer d... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:04:08 EST Gay teen found murdered with neck broken in Brazil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59121054 Gay teen found murdered with neck broken in Brazil-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack. <BR> <BR> It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper. <BR> <BR> Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a loca... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:02:08 EST Duck Dynasty star says that AIDS is God’s penalty http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59121036 Duck Dynasty star says that AIDS is God’s penalty for immoral behavior== <BR> <BR> <BR> Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has indulged in another anti-gay rant, saying that AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are God’s punishment for immoral behavior. <BR> <BR> The reality TV star, who is currently engaged on a US-wide tour to promote his new book, made the comments while giving a phone interview with the Tony Perkins Christian-themed radio show, Washington Watch. <BR> <BR> ‘... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:55 EST VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59121014 VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV-- <BR> <BR> <BR> (CNN) -- A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. <BR> <BR> John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis has recently mailed letters to 1,812 veterans telling them they could contract hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after visiting the medical center for dental work, said Rep. Russ Carna... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:59:24 EST The Gambia--life sentences for homosexuals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120992 The Gambia passes bill imposing life sentences for some homosexual acts-- <BR> <BR> The Gambia has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders. <BR> <BR> The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for "aggravated homosexuality", minority leader Samba Jallow said. The charge is levelled at repeat offenders and pe... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:57:13 EST Democrats demand an update on gay blood, organ and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120943 Democrats demand an update on gay blood, organ and tissue donation policy in the US== <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of Democrat lawmakers have written to the Obama administration demanding that it update its policies with regard to allowing gay men to donate blood, tissue and organs. <BR> <BR> The move comes following the widely reported story of a US teenager whose eyes were rejected for donation following his death simply because he was gay. <BR> <BR> Iowa’s Alexander “A.J.” Betts Jr. was oute... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:54:35 EST Grindr disables distance option in anti-gay countr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120912 Grindr disables distance option in anti-gay countries-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Grindr has disabled its show distance setting in countries that have a history of anti-gay violence, after reports that authorities were using the app to hunt gay men. <BR> <BR> The setting no longer works in Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe among others, and more will be added to the list. <BR> <BR> Grindr told GSN, ‘In light of recent security allegations surrounding a user’s specific... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:52:27 EST Gay US college student gets note on first week of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120882 Gay US college student gets note on first week of semester: ‘Faggots don’t belong here’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay student at Azusa Pacific University (APU) in California, US returned to his room in the first week of semester to find a note pinned to his door. <BR> <BR> However, this was not a welcome note, in fact quite the opposite. Scrawled in green pen were the words: ‘Faggots don’t belong at APU. GET OUT.’ <BR> <BR> The individual who received the note has not been revealed, but the imag... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:50:27 EST Egypt orders the arrest of nine men over gay weddi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120846 Egypt orders the arrest of nine men over gay wedding video-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Egyptian prosecutor general has ordered the arrest of nine men, after a YouTube video depicting a ‘gay marriage’ surfaced. <BR> <BR> The video, filmed in April but has only gone viral in recent weeks, is entitled ‘Egypt’s First Gay Marriage’ shows two men appearing to have a marriage ceremony on a Nile boat. <BR> <BR> The two men hug, exchange rings and are surrounded by male guests. <BR> <BR> Several charges... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:48:31 EST Croatia registers first gay civil union after gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120802 Croatia registers first gay civil union after gay marriage ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The staunchly Catholic Eastern European country registered the first civil partnership between two men on Friday, according to media reports. <BR> <BR> The couple, who were not named in the media, held their ceremony in the capital city of Zagreb. Administration Minister Arsen Bauk reportedly attended the event and presented the two with ties <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/croatia-<B... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:46:20 EST Conservative Judaism ordains first openly gay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59120753 Conservative Judaism ordains first openly gay rabbi to lead synagogue in Israel-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Conservative Judaism Jewish denomination has ordained its first openly gay rabbi two years after clearing the way for gay and lesbian Jews to serve as religious leaders. <BR> <BR> British born Mikie Goldstein, 49, became the first openly gay man to become a Conservative Jewish rabbi after finishing his studies for the rabbinate earlier this year at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New Yor... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:43:35 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x59117209 I'm Benji. I am transgender (ftm), and I found this team while trying to find one for LGBT people. I am very new to sparkpeople. This is the second tracker I've used. I use MFP, but I discovered this one because I'd been on a mailing list.. saw an email, and was amazed at all the features this one has that MFP doesn't. I am trying to maintain my weight, and learn what healthy (rather than obsessive) eating looks like. Other than all that, I am, also, bi. So, I identify with two letters in LGB... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:02:48 EST 9.11.2014 An Honor For Lily http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59108970 Lily Tomlin is now the first out woman to ever receive the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors. She certainly deserves it. She has been making us laugh for many years and I hope she keeps on going for many more! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/<BR>2014/09/09/lily-tomlin-become-first-ou<BR>t-lesbian-recipient-kennedy-center-honors </link> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:54:02 EST Castro Street Welcomes LGBT Walk of Fame http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59105252 Castro Welcomes LGBT Walk of Fame-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LGBT history was cemented, literally, into the fabric of San Francisco's Castro district this week with the official unveiling of 20 bronze sidewalk plaques honoring LGBT individuals who left a lasting mark on society. <BR> <BR> Known as the Rainbow Honor Walk, the project aims to educate visitors and residents of the city's gay neighborhood about often overlooked aspects of the LGBT community's contributions to the arts, sciences, and soc... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:45:42 EST Tom of Finland gay erotic stamps are the biggest http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59105189 Tom of Finland gay erotic stamps are the biggest sellers in Finland’s postal service history-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Stamps commemorating Finnish gay erotic artist Touko Laaksonen, who published his drawings under the name Tom of Finland, have been the biggest sellers in the history of Finland’s Posti postal service, with people pre-ordering the stamps in 178 countries. <BR> <BR> The stamps went on sale on Monday, with the biggest overseas orders coming from Sweden, Britain, the United States and... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:38:41 EST Duke University debuts new LGBT-inclusive college http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59105080 Duke University debuts new LGBT-inclusive college application-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Duke University will debut a new LGBT-inclusive application this fall, making it the fourth college or university in the US to provide such an application. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/09/04/us-duk<BR>e-university-debuts-new-lgbt-inclusive<BR>-college-application/ </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:28:46 EST 70% of Chilean Youth Support Same-Sex Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59105064 70% of Chilean Youth Support Same-Sex Marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Seven out of 10 Chilean youth supports same-sex marriage, according to a Friday poll from Chile’s National Youth Institute (INJUV). Gay marriage is currently banned in the country. <BR> <BR> “We have now a more tolerant youth, who think that five years from now there will be more civil unions between homosexual couples, more options for name and gender change and same-sex marriages. This is a generation more likely to debate ... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:26:21 EST 9.10.2014 Women Able To Wed After 72 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59098423 Vivian Boyack And Alice Dubes were finally able to marry in Iowa after being together for 72 years. They had a nice small ceremony with a few friends and family. It's a shame they had to wait so long for this, but at least they had their wedding! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/08/vi<BR>vian-boyack-alice-nonie-dubes-wedding_<BR>n_5786550.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:27:03 EST Chick-fil-A announces the death of its founder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59082295 Chick-fil-A announces the death of its founder-- <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s been announced that the founder of the Chick-fil-A chain of restaurants, S. Truett Cathy, has died at the age of 93. The company prompted controversy in recent years by taking a very public stance against same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> Cathy was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1929. He opened his first restaurant in Atlanta in 1946, and then launched the Chick-fil-A chain in 1967. It now has over 1,800 outlets in 40 states ac... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:16:04 EST LGBTI Prides and parties in September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59082271 Going down in September: LGBTI Prides and parties-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Bears on Ice, Gay Oktoberfest and a Portuguese gay film festival are just a few of the September LGBTI events you should know about <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/going-do<BR>wn-september-lgbti-prides-and-parties0<BR>30914 </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:12:38 EST Most SF marriage licenses go to same-sex couples http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59082250 Most SF marriage licenses go to same-sex couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – More than half of the marriage licenses issued by Santa Fe County in the past year have gone to same-sex couples. <BR> <BR> The number of licenses issued has doubled, and 55 percent went to same-sex couples, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday, citing data compiled by the county clerk’s office. <BR> <BR> More than 2,500 licenses were handed out since becoming available to same-sex couples on Aug. ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:10:43 EST New York City Gay Men's Chorus sings at Joan River http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59082237 New York City Gay Men's Chorus sings at Joan Rivers' funeral-- <BR> <BR> <BR> It was the type of ceremony Joan Rivers would have loved. Or made fun of. The 81-year-old comic's funeral was held today, September 7, at Temple Emanu-El in New York City. <BR> <BR> The New York City Gay Men's Chorus performed Broadway tunes. Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald sang Smile and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played New York, New York. <BR> <BR> According to the Associate... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:09:05 EST Watch Russian Lady Gaga fans stage a flashmob in.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59082200 Watch Russian Lady Gaga fans stage a flashmob in St Petersburg-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Some of Gaga’s Little Monsters in Russia performed a tightly choreographed routine in tribute to their heroine 08 September 2014 | By David Hudson <BR> <BR> Watch video: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/watch-ru<BR>ssian-lady-gaga-fans-stage-flashmob-st<BR>-petersburg080914 </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:05:11 EST Syracuse University soccer player suspended over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080507 Syracuse University soccer player suspended over video calling classmate ‘f*ggot-*ss n*gger’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A senior midfielder playing for Syracuse University’s women’s soccer team has been suspended from her team after a video of her calling a classmate a ‘f*ggot-*ss n*gger’ went viral, according to The Daily Orange. <BR> <BR> Hanah Strong, 21, has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Phil Wheddon according to a press release from Director of Athletics Daryl Gross. <BR> <BR> “We ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:59:05 EST U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59080429 U.S. court rejects gay-marriage bans as 'implausible'-- <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court judge known for his outspoken views described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as "totally implausible" on Thursday, in a ruling in favor of same-sex couples. <BR> <BR> Judge Richard Posner, appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1981, wrote the unanimous decision on behalf of a three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Cour... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:49:47 EST Lawyer in gay rights case named No. 3 at U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59080411 Lawyer in gay rights case named No. 3 at U.S. Justice Department-- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department lawyer who argued to overturn the nation's ban on gay marriage will be promoted to the agency's No. 3 position, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement on Friday. <BR> <BR> Stuart Delery, head of the Justice Department's Civil Division since March 2012, will become acting associate attorney general following the departure of Tony West, expected later ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:47:41 EST Catholic Schools Increasingly Seek to Shove LGBT.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080373 Catholic Schools Increasingly Seek to Shove LGBT Employees Back into Closet-- <BR> <BR> <BR> HRC Foundation today condemned another Catholic school firing of LGBT employees and cited it as more evidence of the church’s efforts to shove these workers - and potentially thousands of others - back in the closet. <BR> <BR> “There is a sad and troubling narrative of increasing discrimination by Catholic institutions against LGBT Americans, including and especially those who legally marry or come... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:45:04 EST American Scientists to World: Homosexuality Isn’t http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59080349 American Scientists to World: Homosexuality Isn’t a Mental Illness-- <BR> <BR> <BR> In 1961, the police department in Inglewood, Calif., put out a scare film titled “Boys Beware” as a warning to teen boys about older predatory homosexuals. In the knowing voice-over, the officer warns that men like the character Ralph, who offer hitchiking teens rides and compliments, could have ulterior motives–and an ailment. <BR> <BR> “Ralph was sick, a sickness that was not visible like smallpox but no... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:43:03 EST Michigan Catholic school fires lesbian teacher... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080289 Michigan Catholic school fires lesbian teacher after citing her ‘non-traditional’ pregnancy-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A lesbian teacher said this week that she was fired from her job at a Catholic school in Detroit after officials warned her that her “non-traditional” pregnancy could not be hidden from students. <BR> <BR> Barbara Webb, 33, told WXYZ that she and her wife, Kristen, wanted to start a family after two years of marriage. <BR> <BR> “We were really excited when it worked,” she said. ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:39:56 EST The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080210 The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families-- <BR> <BR> Read more: <link> http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/featur<BR>es/the-forsaken-a-rising-number-of-hom<BR>eless-gay-teens-are-being-cast-out-by-<BR>religious-families-20140903#ixzz3Cjcz1ues </link> Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:35:42 EST TN pastor vows not to ‘repent’ for homophobia: God http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080184 TN pastor vows not to ‘repent’ for homophobia: God says gays ‘must be put to death’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A pastor of a large Southern Baptist church near Chattanooga, Tennessee said this week that Christians would never repent for discriminating against gay people like they had for racism because African-Americans could not change the color of their skin. <BR> <BR> Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian oppositi... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:33:25 EST Family angry with Illinois police for going silent http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080160 Family angry with Illinois police for going silent over gay man’s death during traffic stop-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The family of a 31-year-old gay man from Carpentersville, Illinois are frustrated with the lack of information they have been able to get about his death after what should have been a routine traffic stop by police. <BR> <BR> The Chicago Daily Herald said that Joshua Paul died on Aug. 18 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, Illinois of undisclosed causes. He was a graduate of Larkin High S... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:31:36 EST LGBT Supporters Rally Against Billboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59080134 LGBT Supporters Rally Against Billboard-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gathering of local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) supporters held a rally in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday to voice their opinions against a billboard defining holy matrimony as being between one man and one woman. The rally was organized by local LGBT activist and co-founder of ‘Get Equal Ohio’ Tom Morgan. The billboard was brought to light in an iReport published Friday afternoon (see Ohio Billboard Stirs Marriage Debate). ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:29:48 EST Martina Navratilova proposes at U.S. Open http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59072418 Martina Navratilova still knows how to rise to the occasion at the U.S. Open. This time, she did it by dropping to one knee. More than 25 years after the tennis legend won her fourth and final single's title in New York, Navratilova surprised her girlfriend, Julia Lemigova, with a proposal. The heartwarming moment was shown on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday. Read more here <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/06/ma<BR>rtina-navratilova-proposes-girlfriend_<BR>n_5778050.htm... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:26:26 EST Obama names lesbian CTO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59071318 Megan Smith, a top executive with Google for nearly a decade, has been appointed US Chief Technology Officer by President Barack Obama. Read more at <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/obama-na<BR>mes-lesbian-google-executive-megan-smi<BR>th-chief-technology-officer-us060914 </link> Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:01:22 EST Big week in marriage equality! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59061987 On Wednesday, we had our first marriage equality loss since the Windsor ruling <link>http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/<BR>archive/2014/09/wednesdays-opinion-den<BR>ying-same-sex-marriage-was-written-for<BR>-an-audience-of-one/379570/ </link> <BR> <BR> On Thursday, marriage bans were struck down in Wisconsin and Indiana <link>http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/court-str<BR>ikes-down-wisconsin-indiana-gay-marria<BR>ge-bans </link> <BR> <BR> On Friday, Half the Country's Attorneys General Ask S... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:39:45 EST Great Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59059954 I do not usually do this, but I wanted to share this blog that I found hit home for me: <BR> <em>433</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774198 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a joyous Saturday! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:22:36 EST Conservative Christians plan protest, boycott of.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59051161 Conservative Christians plan protest, boycott of Dallas Cowboys over Michael Sam signing-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Right-wing Christians plan to protest the Dallas Cowboys signing of Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player. <BR> <BR> The outside linebacker was cut last week by the St. Louis Rams, which had drafted him in the seventh round out of the University of Missouri, and picked up by the defense-starved Cowboys. <BR> <BR> He will join the team’s practice squad if he passes a physical ex... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:22:22 EST 'Gayborhoods' fade with growing acceptance of LGBT http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59051125 'Gayborhoods' fade with growing acceptance of LGBT-- <BR> <BR> <BR> CHICAGO — At one of the oldest gay taverns in the city's Boystown neighborhood, the regulars were sharing a laugh over what they had seen the night before at their watering hole: a gaggle of straight women. <BR> <BR> "It was like they were at a gay museum," joked James Davies, 61, who has been a regular at Little Jim's for most of the 39 years it's been in business. "They came to see if we fossilized." <BR> <BR> Call it a... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:20:03 EST Mississippi gay man says Baptist teacher raped him http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59051096 Mississippi gay man says Baptist teacher raped him for three years so he’d hate men-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Gulfport, Mississippi man says that he was repeatedly molested by a teacher at the conservative Christian school he attended in the 1990s, beginning when he was 14 years old and ending when he was 17. <BR> <BR> The Washington Blade reported that Jeff White said his teacher at Bethel Baptist School in Wills, Mississippi justified the abuse by calling it “ex-gay therapy,” designed to make ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:18:11 EST Professor: Being gay is like smoking, so charge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59051069 Professor: Being gay is like smoking, so charge LGBT people more for life insurance-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Conservative columnist Walter Williams compared LGBT people to smokers and obese people to suggest they should pay more for life insurance. <BR> <BR> The George Mason University economist and Rush Limbaugh guest host noted that some insurance companies charged lower premiums to customers who “hadn’t made a life-shortening lifestyle choice” – such as giving up smoking and losing weight. <BR>... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:16:18 EST Federal judge upholds Louisiana’s ban on same-sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59051047 Federal judge upholds Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages on Wednesday, a rare loss for gay marriage supporters who had won more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman also upheld the state’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed legally in other states. His ruling was the first to uphold a state ban since the U.S. Supr... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:14:32 EST UK man embeds hammer in gay roommate's head http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59051026 UK man embeds hammer in gay roommate's head-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay teen was attacked by his roommate with a hammer as he slept on his first night at their apartment in Kent, a court has heard. <BR> <BR> Police found Connor Huntley, 18, alive on his blood-spattered airbed in May last year but with the claw hammer embedded in his head. <BR> <BR> He was taken to hospital and treated for a depressed skull fracture and a penetrating brain injury but was left braindamaged by the attack. <BR> <... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:12:46 EST Silva's opposition to gay marriage roils Brazil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59051017 Silva's opposition to gay marriage roils Brazil race-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Marina Silva, the former environment minister who shot to the top of the polls after entering Brazil's presidential contest less than three weeks ago, lost a senior campaign aide on Tuesday over her opposition to same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> The controversy arose with the inclusion of support for same-sex marriage in the platform that Silva and her party, the PSB, presented last Friday. <BR> <BR> Silva, a fervent evange... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:11:08 EST Crimea ‘does not need gays’, says most senior... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59050990 Crimea ‘does not need gays’, says most senior politician-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The top official in Crimea has said that gay people “have no chance” there, and that the peninsula does “not need such people.” <BR> <BR> De factor Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov made the comments yesterday speaking to Interfax and Itar-Tass during a government session. He said: “We in Crimea do not need such people.” <BR> <BR> Continuing to say what would happen if the LGBT community attempted to hold a public gat... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:08:55 EST First State in Mexico Passes Marriage Equality... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59050960 First State in Mexico Passes Marriage Equality Legislation-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The state of Coahuila made history this week as the first in Mexico to pass marriage equality in the legislature. <BR> <BR> The legislation, which passed Congress in a 19 to 1 vote on Monday, will take effect in one week. <BR> <BR> The law now defines marriage as, "the free union with full consent of two people, which has as its objective to realize community life where both [people] seek respect, equality and mut... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:06:51 EST Australian Football League publicly declares... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59050935 Australian Football League publicly declares support for same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Australian Football League (AFL), has publicly declared its support for same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> The announcement was made by Gillion McLachlan, the league’s chief executive, in response to a letter from a mother who wrote in saying she has a gay son. <BR> <BR> “If the AFL publicly declares that they are in support of marriage equality you will give that young player who is struggling with ... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:05:04 EST Leicester Pride 2014: Hundreds attend procession http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59050913 Leicester Pride 2014: Hundreds attend procession in support of city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The city became a sea of colour as Leicester flew its rainbow flag in honour of this year’s Pride festival. <BR> <BR> Around 700 people met outside Curve theatre to kick off the parade at midday on Saturday, before making their way through the city centre. <BR> <BR> The streets were lined with rainbow banners as the most flamboyant parade in Leicester’s s... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:03:30 EST Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59050890 Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies after bicycle collides with truck-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SEATTLE — The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle on Friday has been identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gay service members. <BR> <BR> The King County Medical Examiner’s office identified the bicyclist as Sher Ku... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:01:40 EST Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59043620 Court rules against gay marriage bans in 2 states-- <BR> <BR> <BR> CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution, in another in a series of courtroom wins for gay-marriage advocates. <BR> <BR> The unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago criticized the justifications both states gave for the bans, several times singling out the argument that marriag... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:42:41 EST Joan Rivers Dead at 81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59043428 Joan Rivers Dies at 81-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Joan Rivers, a pioneer for women in stand-up comedy and television, has died, her daughter confirmed. She was 81. Rivers died at 1:17 p.m. ET Thursday in New York surrounded by family and friends. <BR> <BR> "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," Melissa Rivers said. "Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon." <BR> <BR> From Carson's couch to the ice bucket chal... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:12:26 EST 9.4.2014 Duke University Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59037401 At a time when most people filling out applications worry over the ever present question of whether or not to admit your sexual orientation, Duke University has made an interesting addition to it's admissions application for new students to try and help make that a little easier. Instead of just a fill in the box type of question about it, there is a new essay type format for people to fill out and the information will be used as regular information like personal interests and things like tha... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 05:55:09 EST 9.3.2014 A Brave Nun Stands Up For Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59027235 Sister Jeannine Gramick had a life changing experience one night and it also changed the way the Catholic Church reacted to the gay community. She met a gay man at a party and decided it was time to take a stand against the policies of the church to help the community and do the right thing. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/jo-piazza/thi<BR>s-catholic-nun-spent-h_b_5752464.html?<BR>utm_hp_ref=gay-voices&ir=Gay%20Voices </link> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 06:38:23 EST Why we weigh less in the mornings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x59019354 Here's a short little video which explains why you weigh less in the mornings than at any other time of the day. <em>36</em> <BR> <BR> https://screen.yahoo.com/popular/why-wei<BR>gh-less-morning-040000120.html?vp=1 Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:52:44 EST District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x59019116 District suspends ‘dangerous’ teacher for writing scifi novel about school shooting in 2902-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A 23-year-old middle school teacher in Cambridge, Maryland was placed on administrative leave and “taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” after the Dorchester County Board of Education and Sheriff’s Office discovered he had written a novel about a school shooting — that is set 900 years in the future. <BR> <BR> WBOC reports that English and Language Arts teacher Patrick McLaw... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:34:02 EST Westboro Baptist Won’t Let Adam Hills Challenge Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59007831 Westboro Baptist Won’t Let Adam Hills Challenge Go; Demand Tickets to Iraq-- <BR> <BR> <BR> When Aussie comedian and talk show host Adam Hills heard that the humanitarians of Westboro Baptist Church were threatening to picket Robin Williams’ funeral, he responded with fiery vehemence. Hills suggested that the Westboro folk go to ISIS-controlled Iraq, instead. Terrorists there are beheading Christians. Surely that is worth protesting. Hills offered to buy any Westboro member who wanted to go... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:25:11 EST Mr Gay World 2014 winner crowned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59007775 Mr Gay World 2014 winner crowned-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The search for Mr Gay World came to an end last night when one lucky man was chosen for the award. Stuart Hatton Jr, from the UK, took the title at the ceremony in Rome, Italy <BR> <BR> Second place was awarded to Cypriot Kiriakos Spanos, and third went to Irishman Robert Lowlor. The competition describes itself as ‘searching for a global gay man as an ambassador for LGBTs.’ <BR> <BR> ‘MGW is more than a beauty contest, it is the tough... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:19:59 EST Hong Kong holds its first international symposium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59007754 Hong Kong holds its first international symposium on LGBTI rights-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LGBTI rights experts and some 200 participants from the academia and legal profession, private and public sectors, religious groups and NGOs attended the first international symposium on LGBTI rights to be held at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Friday. <BR> <BR> The 2-day event was co-organized by Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), the European Union (EU) Office to Hong Kong and Macao, ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:16:38 EST Alaska civil rights groups show support for same-s http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59007729 Alaska civil rights groups show support for same-sex marriage challenge-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two civil rights organizations filed a joint brief in federal court supporting a challenge to Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban. <BR> <BR> The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska and the NAACP, Anchorage Branch filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday in Hamby v. Parnell, a suit seeking to overturn Alaska’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> Alaska ACLU executive director Joshua Deck... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:13:49 EST Pakistan’s First Anti-Homophobia Children’s Book http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59007673 This Is Pakistan’s First Anti-Homophobia Children’s Book, And It Is Beautiful-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier this year, Toronto-based Pakistani blogger and artist Eiynah ‘Nicemangos’ wrote a blog post titled “My Chacha Is Gay”. The post was shared over 10,000 times in two days and hundreds of readers suggested that Eiynah start a crowdfunding campaign to publish it as a book. She met her crowdfunding goal quickly, and “My Chacha Is Gay” has since been released in print. <BR> <BR> “My Chacha ... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:07:12 EST A gay dad writes to the religious parents who... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x59007614 A gay dad writes to the religious parents who disowned their gay son on camera-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Rob Watson speaks directly to the homophobic hyper-religious parents who disowned and hit their gay son. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-dad-<BR>writes-religious-parents-who-disowned-<BR>their-gay-son-camera290814 </link> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:01:58 EST Oakland's first Pride celebration is G-rated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x59000401 One thing you probably won't find at Oakland's first LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday: partially clad men in leather chaps. <BR> <BR> What you will find is the Jolly Trolly from Children's Fairyland, pony rides, antique fire engines and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead of kicking off with Dykes on Bikes, as is the tradition in San Francisco, Oakland's parade starts with Tykes on Trikes. <BR> <BR> "We had some leather groups from San Francisco who wanted to come, and we politely declined. We want... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:01:01 EST A Man Comes Out To His Family The Way All Gay Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58998155 A Man Comes Out To His Family The Way All Gay Men Should: With A Bollywood-Style Music Video-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Sex and sexuality are still taboo topics in Indian pop culture, and in December 2013, the Indian Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era law outlawing homosexuality. What better way to get folks talking about a topic than by filming a Bollywood-style music video? <BR> <BR> Video: <link>www.upworthy.com/a-man-comes-out-to-<BR>his-family-the-way-all-gay-men-should-<BR>with-a-boll... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:04:52 EST First openly gay NFL draftee Michael Sam cut by... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58998131 First openly gay NFL draftee Michael Sam cut by Rams-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Michael Sam, the first openly gay American Footballer drafted into the US National Football League, has failed to make the St Louis Rams' final roster. <BR> <BR> The Rams filed their roster before Saturday afternoon's deadline and Sam was not among the 53-strong squad. <BR> <BR> The 24-year-old defensive end can still be picked up by another team ahead of the season-opening matches next week. <BR> <BR> Sam's move to de... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:02:56 EST Same-sex dance partners on SYTYCD http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58991925 Out choreographer Travis Wall is getting praise for bringing the first same-sex partner dance to So You Think You Can Dance this week. <BR> <BR> Wall teased the choreography on Twitter before it aired, promising "This piece is so special to my heart." And after the live show, praise poured in from activists and even Jason Collins, the NBA's first out player, who called it "an amazing opening" to Wednesday's show. <BR> <BR> Wall, wearing a "Create Love, Destroy Hate" T-shirt, thanked the f... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:55:50 EST Chicago gay couple sues cab company for kicking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982322 Chicago gay couple sues cab company for kicking them out because they kissed-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay Chicago couple is suing a local taxi cab company after a driver behaved “recklessly” and kicked them out of his cab for kissing, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Matthew McCrea and Steven White state in their lawsuit against Sun Taxi that that the driver objected to a “simple, one second in length, kiss” they shared inside his cab while riding into the city from O’Hare ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:41:36 EST Male model tells how face 'melted' in acid attack http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982319 Male model tells how face 'melted' in acid attack outside London nightclub-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A male model feared his career was over when he was sprayed with acid in an “horrendous” homophobic attack while out clubbing with friends in south London. <BR> <BR> Pariche Frith, 21, thought his face was “melting” and believed would never be able walk down the catwalk again after a noxious liquid was sprayed in his face. <BR> <BR> He was one of four men attacked by Jonathan Lynn, 31, in Va... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:39:28 EST GOP candidate: CO gay congressman will behead... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982303 GOP candidate: Colorado gay congressman will behead Christians who don’t worship sodomy-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Republican nominee for a seat in Colorado’s statehouse accused Democrats of lacking a sense of humor after he said a gay U.S. congressman would soon start beheading Christians. <BR> <BR> “This weekend I sent out an email alert to my constituents in which I used hyperbole,” Gordon Klingenschmitt said in a video uploaded to YouTube on Monday. “You know what hyperbole is. It’s a literary... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:37:32 EST Ecuador will register gay de facto marriages from http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982263 Ecuador will register gay de facto marriages from 15 September-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The South American nation of Ecuador has become the latest on the continent to enshrine the rights of committed same-sex couples, with President Rafael Correa announcing that same-sex de facto marriages would be registered by the state, while stopping short of allowing same-sex couples to officially marry. <BR> <BR> Ecuador’s 2009 constitution bans same-sex marriage but also provides for the legal recognition o... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:34:08 EST Police arrest gay man in Ghana for ‘recruiting’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982251 Police arrest gay man in Ghana for ‘recruiting’ other men into homosexuality-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A 21-year-old student from Ghana has been arrested by police, after angry residents threatened to kill him because they suspect he is gay. <BR> <BR> Police in Walewale, a small town and capital of the West Mamprusi district in the northern region of Ghana, made the arrest for fear the suspect could be lynched and killed by angry local residents. <BR> <BR> A Ghanaian news source Peacefmonline.com ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:32:40 EST ESPN airs homophobic report on the showering habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58982238 ESPN airs homophobic report on the showering habits of gay football player Michael Sam-- <BR> <BR> <BR> ESPN finds that fact that Michael Sam is the NFL’s first openly-gay football player so fascinating — or terrifying — that the network investigated to find out which players were and were not showering with him. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, Deadspin flagged a clip of the morning’s SportsCenter broadcast, which veers into specific details about Sam’s showering habits. <BR> <BR> More here: <... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:30:31 EST Pastor calls to imprison gays for ‘ten years hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982196 Pastor calls to imprison gays for ‘ten years hard labor’ with new constitutional amendment-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A pastor who uses his Internet platform to teach political lessons based on conservative Christian ideology has proposed a constitutional amendment to punish LGBT people for “ten years in prison at hard labor.” <BR> <BR> In a video posted to his PreachingPolitics.com website last month that was flagged by the Good As You blog on Monday, Pastor Michael V. Williams asserts that Christi... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:28:02 EST California: LGBT group and Assembly Member join... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982182 California: LGBT group and Assembly Member join forces to fight gay blood ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Equality California and Democrat Richard Bloom are championing an assembly joint resolution which aims to stop the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from preventing men who have had sex with other men from giving blood. <BR> <BR> At present, the FDA does not allow a man to give blood for the rest of his life if he has had sex with another man, and ... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:26:21 EST Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58982156 Minn. lodge to pay for gay couple’s wedding after initially turning them away-- <BR> <BR> <BR> ST. PAUL, Minn. — The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. <BR> <BR> MinnesotaCole Frey and Adam Block have settled their discrimination complaint filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc., which operates a lodge us... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:23:52 EST 8.28.2014 Activists Rally For More Hope http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58970219 It's been a year since Dolores Nettles rushed to the hospital and listened to her daughter's heart beat for the last time. Since then, she has been waiting for the results of an investigation into her daughter's death. Since then the police have had no progress with the case at all. Transgender activists who gathered this week at various locations around Harlem are not surprised that nothing has come of the investigation so far. They gathered to help bring awareness to the cause in hopes of f... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:09:41 EST My life is mostly an open book - a VERY BIG BOOK. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58963965 Here is my copy and paste intro - if you'd like to get to know me more or have questions - let me know. It really is a quick and easy way to get out MOST of what I think is important. LOL. <BR> <BR> THIRTEEN THINGS ABOUT ME! <BR> 1) My nickname is Reya because I can't stand my birthname. It reminds me too much of my bizarro bio-parents and all of their drama. I'm in the middle of processing a lot of that pain into a beautiful understanding of my "personal mythology." It came from a sarcastic... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:49:30 EST Cameroon lesbians freed after 9 months in jail wit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58963803 Cameroon lesbians freed after 9 months in jail with 3 year suspended sentence-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two lesbians have been freed from jail in Cameroon after spending 9 months in prison awaiting trial and then potentially facing two years in prison. <BR> <BR> ‘Liliane’ and ‘Nicole’ were arrested in the agricultural center of Ebolowa, capital of Cameroon’s South Region, in November of 2013 on charges of sexual behavior involving another woman. <BR> <BR> Liliane and Nicole potentially faced jail ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:31:02 EST Jim Parsons and other notable LGBT winners at the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58963791 Jim Parsons and other notable LGBT winners at the 66th Primetime Emmys-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Out actor Jim Parsons took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on The Big Bang Theory at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. <BR> <BR> This is Parsons’s fourth win within the same category for the role. <BR> <BR> Parsons recently secured a salary of $1 million (£593,109) per episode on The Big Bang Theory. <BR> <BR> Other notable Emmy winners include Modern Fa... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:29:07 EST South Wales: Increase in reporting of LGBT hate http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58963785 South Wales: Increase in reporting of LGBT hate crime-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A freedom of information (FOI) request by Plaid Cymru found hate crimes on the grounds of sexual orientation jumped from 121 to 161 in a year, while gender identity crimes in the force area rose from nine to 29. <BR> <BR> BBC News reports the leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, said: “Intolerance and hatred in all of forms must be confronted wherever it raises its ugly head. <BR> <BR> “There is an obligation on all of ... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:27:42 EST Kazakhstan: Mayor says media are ‘brainwashing’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58963770 Kazakhstan: Mayor says media are ‘brainwashing’ children with gay ‘propaganda’-- <BR> <BR> The mayor of the capital of Kazakhstan capital Astana has accused the international media of “promoting” homosexuality, and “brainwashing” children. <BR> <BR> The statement was made by Akim Imangali Tasmagambetov last week, during a meeting in the city. <BR> <BR> He said modern technology posed danger to children as the media is used for “brainwashing”, and turning “false and unacceptable social vice... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:26:05 EST 8.27.2014 More Marriage Bans Going Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58960715 Federal Appeals judges went to town and defended our rights to help make strides for our marriage equality. They were arguing over the current bans in Indiana and Wisconsin where judge Richard Posner slammed the attorney defending the bans. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1s3cq.h08/U_z7uOYQz-c2dIDT<BR>C55f6 </link> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:29:13 EST SC businesses roll out red carpet for ‘Big Gay' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58943586 S.C. businesses roll out the red carpet for ‘Big Gay’ wedding celebration-- <BR> <BR> <BR> CHARLESTON, S.C. — Gay rights advocates hope the buzz surrounding a “Big, Gay ‘I Do’” wedding celebration in Charleston will show how much money South Carolina’s businesses are losing to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> With federal courts overturning similar bans in other states, advocates in a city that’s already one of the nation’s top wedding locales decided to throw a party to pro... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:11:32 EST Abuse of boy whose mother called gay described in http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943563 Abuse of boy whose mother called gay described in graphic testimony-- <BR> <BR> <BR> PALMDALE, Calif. — Graphic grand jury testimony reveals details of the abuse suffered by an 8-year-old Los Angeles County boy who was allegedly battered to death by his mother and her boyfriend. <BR> <BR> Court documents made public Monday show Gabriel Fernandez was doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, the Los ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:09:27 EST ‘Please Like Me’lets comic creator Josh Thomas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58943552 ‘Please Like Me’ lets its comic creator Josh Thomas be himself-- <BR> <BR> <BR> NEW YORK — “I float around,” says Josh Thomas, “and I’ve just been very lucky.” <BR> <BR> The 27-year-old openly gay Australian comedian is trying to account for his success in what he’d argue is the absence of ambition or strategy. <BR> <BR> Still, look at him: a star Down Under and the leading man, writer and executive producer of his own half-hour comedy-drama, “Please Like Me,” which begins a 10-episode so... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:07:03 EST North Dakota rejects challenge to state's ban on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943538 North Dakota rejects challenge to state's ban on gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> North Dakota’s attorney general rejected calls to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, arguing the state cannot have “two mutually exclusive marriage institutions”. <BR> <BR> In the filing, led by the North Dakota governor, Jack Dalrymple, and Wayne Stenehjem, the attorney general, the officials argue the state has a right to define marriage and that society is benefited by restricting that d... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:05:00 EST Mennonite pastor under scrutiny for presiding over http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943520 Mennonite pastor under scrutiny for presiding over same-sex wedding-- <BR> <BR> <BR> GOSHEN, Ind. — Two Mennonite conferences will review the credentials of a Goshen, Ind., pastor who presided over the marriage of a same-sex couple in violation of the religion’s rules. <BR> <BR> Assembly Mennonite Church Pastor Karl Shelly wrote in a statement he submitted to the Indiana-Michigan conference that he performed the service in May after determining that “being born with a same-sex sexual orien... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:02:56 EST Israel OK’s gay Jews to immigrate with non-Jewish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943506 Israel OK’s gay Jews to immigrate with non-Jewish same-sex spouses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> JERUSALEM — Israel says it will now allow Jews to immigrate to Israel with their non-Jewish same-sex spouses. <BR> <BR> Jerusalem-prideIn a directive publicized Tuesday, Israeli Interior Minister Gideon Saar told immigration authorities not to differentiate between married gay and straight couples. <BR> <BR> Israeli law grants citizenship to Jews and close non-Jewish relatives who move to Israel. <BR> <B... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:01:08 EST Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943488 Owensboro, Ky., delays considering LGBT ordinance until things ‘cool down’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> OWENSBORO, Ky. — Officials in Owensboro, Ky., have decided to put off considering a LGBT rights ordinance for at least a year. <BR> <BR> Owensboro-KY Mayor Ron Payne told the Messenger-Inquirer that things need to “cool down” before the City Commission discusses the issue. The so-called fairness ordinance would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. <BR> <BR> “This... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:58:50 EST News outlets misgender Detroit shooting victims as http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58943470 News outlets misgender Detroit shooting victims as LGBT community faces attacks-- <BR> <BR> <BR> One victim is dead and two others injured after a series of shootings in Detroit’s Palmer Park, all of which involved attacks on LGBT people. <BR> <BR> According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, the third victim, a gay man, was found dead last Friday morning in a parking lot close to the park’s pool, but after the shooting, the killer crashed his vehicle and abandoned it and the murder weapon. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:57:06 EST Miss Spain: lesbian beauty queen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58936287 Miss Spain becomes first openly lesbian national beauty queen <BR> <BR> Patricia Yurena, who was crowned Miss Spain in 2008 and again in 2013, reveals she is in a lesbian relationship by posting an Instagram photo of her and her lover in bed. <BR> <BR> (Photo is clothed and safe for work if you're worried about clicking) <BR> <BR> <link>www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/e<BR>urope/spain/11051232/Miss-Spain-become<BR>s-first-openly-lesbian-national-beauty<BR>-queen.html </link> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:23:25 EST Pros and Cons of Same-Sex Marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58926180 Here's a fun fact that scoffs at the "threat to traditional marriage" nonsense: <BR> <BR> Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage on 17 May 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. <link>gaymarriage.procon.org/ </link> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:57:54 EST Westboro Baptists to picket Michael Brown’s funera http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915922 Westboro Baptists to picket Michael Brown’s funeral — blame death on gay NFL player-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church have announced that it plans to protest the funeral of Michael Brown on August 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri, the New Civil Rights Movement reports. <BR> <BR> According to a flyer posted on the Topeka-based church’s official Twitter account, the reason for their protest has nothing to do with the tragic death of Michael Brown, because “[r]ega... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:22:59 EST Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certifi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915810 Calif. legislature OKs bill allowing birth certificates to reflect same-sex parents-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California legislature on Wednesday approved a bill that would modernize birth certificates to more accurately reflect families in which parents are of the same gender. <BR> <BR> The bill, AB 1951, now goes to Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, and if signed would allow parents to identify themselves as father, mother or parent when a child is born, a change from the ... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:13:46 EST Historic ruling:Judge orders anti-gay Scott Lively http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58915782 Historic ruling: Judge orders anti-gay Scott Lively to stand trial for crimes against humanity-- <BR> <BR> <BR> For the first time, a federal US judge has ruled a persecution of LGBT people is a crime against humanity. This sets a precedent ensuring the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law. <BR> <BR> It comes as a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against prominent US anti-gay extremist Scott Lively. Accused of helping to play a... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:11:09 EST Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58915751 Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LAS VEGAS (AP) — While gay couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. <BR> <BR> The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay n... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:08:21 EST Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in VA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915729 Supreme Court puts same-sex marriage on hold in Virginia-- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday prevented gay marriage in Virginia from going into effect by blocking an appeals court ruling that struck down the state’s ban. <BR> <BR> The court granted a stay application filed by gay marriage opponents who said a July 28 ruling by the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should not be implemented while litigation continues. <BR> <B... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:06:15 EST Fayetteville AR Approves Controversial Civil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915718 Fayetteville Leaders Approve Controversial Civil Rights Issue-- <BR> <BR> <BR> FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KFSM) -After nearly nine hours of public discussion, the Fayetteville City Council early Wednesday morning approved the controversial civil rights ordinance that drew hundreds of audience members from across the area. <BR> <BR> The ordinance passed 6-2 at 3:20 a.m., with aldermen Martin Schoppmeyer and Justin Tennant voting against the measure. The council meeting began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, bu... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 11:04:46 EST Reality star Michelle Duggar’s latest delivery: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915619 Reality star Michelle Duggar’s latest delivery: Robocall describing trans people as ‘child predators’-- <BR> <BR> Reality television star Michelle Duggar warned residents in Fayetteville, Arkansas that a measure banning discrimination against LGBT individuals would allow men with “child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” the Washington Post reports. <BR> <BR> Duggar, one of the stars of TLC’s 1... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:56:47 EST Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58915597 Mormon school removes gay-marriage cards at store-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Placed by Hallmark, the cards reading "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." were quickly removed when bookstore staff discovered them after photos surfaced online. The outside vendor stocked the shelves without realizing the school wouldn't want to sell the cards marketed to buyers celebrati... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:54:58 EST Emails Reveal School Canceled Musical For ‘Homosex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58915572 Emails Reveal School Canceled Musical For ‘Homosexual Themes,’ Then Lied About It-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Earlier this summer, South Williamsport Jr/Sr High School in northern Pennsylvania announced it was canceling a production of the musical Monty Python’s Spamalot next spring because it included a same-sex wedding. Despite the school’s attempt to spin a different rationale, emails procured by Keystone Progress through Pennsylvania’s “Right To Know” law confirm that it was, in fact, canceled spe... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:52:50 EST 8.20.2014 New Jersey Making Changes For Schools http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58896626 A transgender student was recently denied access to the New Jersey pubic school system after officials found out the former student Brian would be coming back as Rachel. The superintendent however is making some changes within the system to help everyone make sure that Rachel and other students can be open and attend school without lash back. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1rga1.gxg/U_O-nuYQvn7np7XA<BR>B6b97 </link> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:25:32 EST Mother of gay teen who committed suicide outraged http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58875857 Mother of gay teen who committed suicide outraged at FDA ban on gay organ donation-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A mother who tried to bring meaning to her gay son’s tragic suicide by having his organs donated was shocked to learn that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations prevent gay men from donating non-lifesaving organs, The Des Moines Register reports. <BR> <BR> Sheryl Moore’s 16-year-old son, A.J. Betts, took his own life after facing years of being bullied for being openly gay. She kept... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:56:36 EST LGBT Veteran’s Memorial Project Reveals Official.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58875820 LGBT Veteran’s Memorial Project Reveals Official Design-- <BR> <BR> <BR> the board of directors of the National LGBT Veteran’s Memorial Project has been working on a monument that would honor the service and sacrifices of LGBT veterans. It would be placed in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. <BR> <BR> On July 20, the official design for the project was revealed: three pillars placed in a triangle pattern, each bearing the respective insignias of two military branches. In the... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:52:48 EST 2014 List Of Top LGBT Schools Includes More Southe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58875742 2014 List Of Top LGBT Schools Includes More Southern And Religious Campuses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The best-ranked 50 colleges in the United States for LGBT students were named by Campus Pride Friday, doubling the size of previous years' list to highlight, as the organization says, the "best of the best." <BR> <BR> While the colleges in this year's listing of top campuses are slightly concentrated in progressive regions in the country, the organization touts that there are more southern schools ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:44:24 EST Facebook Defends $10,000 Donation to Anti-LGBT.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58875701 Facebook Defends $10,000 Donation to Anti-LGBT Politician-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office have revealed Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the reelection campaign of Republican Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, an anti-LGBT politician who has fought fiercely against the legalization of same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> The news, which was first reported by local Utah LGBT magazine QSaltLake, quickly began circulating through the internet and when the... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:41:18 EST 27 Men Detained in Beirut on Suspected Charges of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58875670 27 Men Detained in Beirut on Suspected Charges of Homosexuality-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, Lebanese NGOs called for the immediate release of 27 men detained in Beirut last week after police received a tip that the group were at a Turkish-style bath house looking for sex with other men. <BR> <BR> Lebanese officials informed the NGOs that none of the men were forced to undergo the widely-criticized 'gay test' - forcible anal probing - that we reported last month was being carried out by ... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:38:36 EST LGBT Veterans Memorial http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58870004 The board of directors of the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Veterans Memorial Project has announced the selection of the design for the monument, which is planned to be placed in D.C.’s Historic Congressional Cemetery. <BR> <BR> An announcement released by Congressional Cemetery says the design consists of three black granite panels standing 11 feet high, five feet wide and one foot thick. <BR> <BR> Two of the official emblems of the nation’s six military branches will be... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:34:42 EST Ugandan LGBT Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58869985 Just days after the Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the country’s notorious anti-gay law – which threatened gay people with life imprisonment – jubilant LGBT citizens have been celebrating with a gay Pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe – about 25 miles from capital city, Kampala. <link>www.gaystarnews.com/article/ugandan-<BR>pride-festival-takes-place-entebbe090814 </link> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:31:59 EST Tranifesto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58857645 Really enjoyed reading Matt Kailey's brilliant book, Just Add Hormones: An Insider’s Guide to the Transsexual Experience. It is an exploration of gender, sexuality, body image, and personal identity, as seen through the eyes of one transsexual man. <BR> <BR> Thrilled to see he created an extraordinary resource at <link>tranifesto.com/ </link> and very sad to see that he passed away in his sleep earlier this year. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:56:05 EST Vancouver Queer Film Festival spotlights Russia’s http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58847931 Vancouver Queer Film Festival spotlights Russia’s invisible LGBT youth-- <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Their faces are covered by their hands or signs, or their eyes are digitally obscured. They receive insults ranging from “Be careful! He could fu*k your a** with that fork!” to words to the effect that if Hitler were in power instead of Putin, they’d have been shot. A teacher says they should be burned or banished. Even a mother told her son that she wished she’d had a miscarriage, that she should ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:33:13 EST Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58847646 Apple Store insults customer with awful anti-gay slur printed on receipt-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Apple Stores are perhaps the most respected retail establishments in the world, racking up more revenue per square foot than any other large retail chain on the planet. Of course, not all retail store employees live up to expectations, and one Portland, Oregon Apple retail location now finds itself in hot water following an unfortunate incident involving anti-gay discrimination. <BR> <BR> Apple custom... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:11:24 EST Sun Devils lineman tells magazine he's gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58847474 Sun Devils lineman tells magazine he's gay-- <BR> <BR> <BR> TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. <BR> <BR> A fifth-year senior, Sarafin told Phoenix-based Compete, a magazine for gay sports, that he began telling teammates about his sexual orientation last spring. <BR> <BR> "It was really personal to me, and it benefited my peace of mind greatly," he said ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:59:52 EST Idaho’s Constitution Party was OK with gay govern- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58847446 Idaho’s Constitution Party was OK with gay governor candidate until he supported gays-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Idaho’s far-right Constitution Party has ditched its nominee for governor, citing his support for same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> According to Boise Weekly‘s City Desk blog, the party, which spun off from the Idaho GOP, was fine with its candidate’s homosexuality, but broke with him and even tried to exorcise him when he expressed his support for a federal court’s ruling overturning the stat... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:58:05 EST U.S. appeals court declines to block Virginia gay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58847422 U.S. appeals court declines to block Virginia gay marriage ruling-- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday declined to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, meaning gay people in the state will be able to get married unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes. <BR> <BR> The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond struck down the state ban in July. The state's Democratic attorney general, Mark Herring, who backs gay marriage... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:55:13 EST Religion Unimportant to Most LGBT Americans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58847393 Religion Unimportant to Most LGBT Americans-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are much less likely to be religious than non-LGBT Americans, according to a new Gallup poll. <BR> <BR> Just less than half of LGBT Americans said religion is important in their daily lives, compared with about two-thirds of non-LGBT Americans. Moreover, about 40 percent of non-LGBT adults identified themselves as highly religious, compared with just 24 percen... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:52:55 EST Kenyan MP proposes 'Stone the Gays To Death' Bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58847365 Kenyan MP proposes 'Stone the Gays To Death' Bill-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Kenya’s Republican Liberty Party wants to impose the death penalty for homosexuality and has put forward a bill that would see foreign gays and lesbians in the country stoned to death. <BR> <BR> The party’s draft Anti-Homosexuality Bill would also see gay and lesbian Kenyans jailed for life and stoned to death in public for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ which the bill defines as sex with a person under 18, where the person ha... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:50:49 EST Nepal gay community parades for same-sex marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58837175 Nepal gay community parades for same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tooting horns and ringing chimes, hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Monday for a colorful celebration of Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead that is gleefully overtaken each year by the country's gay community. <BR> <BR> In this socially conservative Hindu-majority nation, the festival was traditionally the only day people felt free to ... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:20:26 EST Reality TV star Josh Duggar warns conservative... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58837154 Reality TV star Josh Duggar warns conservative Christians of Obama’s gay-friendly agenda-- <BR> <BR> <BR> During a speech at the 2014 Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, former reality television star and current executive director of the Family Research Council’s legislative affiliate Josh Duggar said that attendees need to be as courageous in the face of President Barack Obama’s agenda as the Benham brothers were when HGTV cancelled their reality show. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>w... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:18:43 EST 8.14.2014 Catholic School Stands Strong With Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58835812 A South Dakota Catholic school will not be firing their volleyball coach regardless of the fact that he came out on Outsports. Glad to see some people with sense. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1qx41.gnc/U-vXOeYQq4TglG3W<BR>B9b53 </link> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:50:18 EST Gay music director fired for marrying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58830304 Holy Family Catholic Church knew their music director was gay, and they thought he was phenomenal. But when he and his partner got engaged in front of St. Peter's Basilica, he was fired. <BR> <BR> If you're interested in speaking out, please join me in signing the petition to have him reinstated: <link>act.faithfulamerica.org/sign/colinco<BR>llette?referring_akid=424.188240.qKdnS<BR>R&source=taf </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:23:43 EST We Have Lost An Icon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58826511 It was a hard blow to hear of the loss of robin Williams yesterday, but we have also lost another great star. Lauren Bacall died yesterday morning from a stroke. She was a true icon and great woman. <BR> <BR> <link>hsrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AuaT7EBQQMiVO1bL<BR>Y_eUZ86bvZx4;_ylc=X3oDMTg5NGNwOXJmBF9T<BR>AzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEYQMxNDA4MTIgbW92aWVzIG<BR>JhY2FsbCBtb21lbnRzIHAEYWlkA2lkLTM1MDUw<BR>NDcEY2NvZGUDZHNfd2l0aF9kZWNsYXJlZF9ub0<BR>wxBGNwb3MDMwRlZAMxBGcDY2ViZjUyY2EtNmZk<BR>OC0zODNmLWE5OTQtNmVmZmIwOGE0... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:22:41 EST 8.13.2014 Good News From Israel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58826461 Israel has announced that they will now be allowing gay Jewish people to immigrate there openly and bring their spouses even if their spouses are not Jewish. Not only a big deal for anyone from the church to do, but this could be a major stepping stone for people in the LGBTQ community who need to move to be free from persecution in their own countries right now. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/12/is<BR>rael-gay-jews-immigration-_n_5671435.html </link> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 07:16:53 EST The Death of Robin Williams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58819090 "O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells. Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills." <BR> <BR> I am stunned and very saddened by the death of actor Robin Williams. He was a great actor, and he truly brought joy and laughter into my life. I grew up with Robin Williams...my first experience with him was on Mork & Mindy. <BR> <BR> Some of his memorable movies that I own include: Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society; Good Will Hunting; Birdcage; Mrs. Doubtfir... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:58:12 EST Uganda Holds First Pride Parade Since Anti-Gay Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58808090 Uganda Holds First Pride Parade Since Anti-Gay Law Was Overturned-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay pride parade in Uganda has special meaning this year following a decision by one of the country's courts overturning an extreme anti-gay law that could have landed homosexuals in prison for life <BR> <BR> About 200 attendees were expected to march in Entebbe on Saturday, the lakeside town about 25 miles from the capital city of Kampala, for the third annual Ugandan gay pride parade. The first, which wa... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:07:46 EST HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58808075 HIV infections rise, thwart Brazil's AIDS efforts== <BR> <BR> <BR> SAO PAULO (AP) — The devastating news didn't make sense to Brazilian Pierre Freitaz. How was it possible that, at age 17, he was infected with HIV if his only boyfriend seemed fit and healthy? <BR> <BR> While Brazil has long been seen as a global model in the fight against AIDS, activists and officials say more and more youths share Freitaz's unawareness of HIV risks, or are unconcerned about them. Even as HIV infection rat... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:06:06 EST Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unwavering http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58808046 Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unwavering-- <BR> <BR> <BR> OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — As state bans on same-sex marriages fall across the country, some Nebraska officials are holding strong to that state's status of having one of the nation's most restrictive laws, which affects some of the most basic aspects of gay couples' lives — from driver's licenses to parenting rights <BR> <BR> Nebraska voters passed a state constitutional amendment in 2000 banning same-sex marriages, civil unions or even l... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:03:18 EST Pennsylvania bridal shop won’t sell gowns to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58808024 Pennsylvania bridal shop won’t sell gowns to lesbian couple, sparking backlash-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Two women who hoped to buy gowns to wear to their wedding were turned away from a bridal shop in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, prompting a torrent of criticism for the store online and by word-of-mouth. <BR> <BR> According to PAHomepage.com, the brides-to-be were informed that the W. W. Bridal Boutique “does not service same-sex couples” because to do so would be a violation of their “religious beli... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:01:24 EST Florida church cancels ‘blasphemous’ funeral after http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58808008 Florida church cancels ‘blasphemous’ funeral after learning man was gay-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Florida woman said her family’s church canceled funeral plans for her son after learning he was gay. <BR> <BR> Julie Atwood said the pastor of Tampa’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church abruptly called off the service after reading her son’s obituary and discovering he was survived by a husband. <BR> <BR> “Based on our preaching of the scripture, we would have been in error to allow the service in o... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:59:34 EST Cleveland hosts Intl. Gay Games in same-sex... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58807983 Cleveland hosts International Gay Games in same-sex marriage battleground state-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Thousands of athletes and fans are converging on Cleveland on Saturday for the opening ceremonies of the 9th Gay Games, bringing the international event to a state that has become a key battleground for gay marriage rights. <BR> <BR> A federal appeals court in Cincinnati this week heard arguments on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky. Gay m... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 09:57:39 EST Lesbian marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58790400 How this lesbian couple is choosing their family name is game changing <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/04/so<BR>ccer-family-name-tanya-kalivas-martha-<BR>west_n_5648107.html </link> Sat, 9 Aug 2014 13:35:49 EST Texas GOP officials agree: Legal same-sex marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58779742 Texas GOP officials agree: Legal same-sex marriage will cause incest and pedophilia-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Texas Republicans — including lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton, who is running for attorney general — have signed on to a “friend of the court” brief claiming that the state’s desire to ban same-sex marriage is in line with similar bans on bigamy, incest, pedophilia, and polygamy, The Dallas Morning News reports. <BR> <BR> Patrick and Paxton are just two of the 61 Re... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:42:46 EST MI Christian’s antigay rant caught on video: ‘F*ck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58779721 MI Christian’s antigay rant caught on video: ‘F*cking f*ggot — you should be put to death!’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A video recorded by a gay man in Delta Township, Michigan shows one man’s violent, antigay rant, and reveals the kind of religiously motivated harassment many LGBT people face every day of their lives. <BR> <BR> WILX.com reported that on Tuesday evening, Isaiah Tweedie and his friends were leaving a restaurant when fellow patron Victor Sadet followed them outside and launched a fus... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:41:14 EST Christian broadcaster: Ebola could cleanse US of.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58779690 Christian broadcaster: Ebola could cleanse US of atheists, gay people, and sluts-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Christian radio host who enthusiastically looks for signs the world will end welcomed the Ebola virus as a cleansing force. <BR> <BR> “This Ebola epidemic could become a global pandemic and that’s another name for plague,” said broadcaster Rick Wiles on his “Trunews” program. <BR> <BR> “It may be the great attitude adjustment that I believe is coming,” Wiles continued. “Ebola could solve Am... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:38:20 EST Nebraska won’t give driver’s license to same-sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58779671 Nebraska won’t give driver’s license to same-sex married woman, or even recognize her name-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The state of Nebraska has refused to give a woman who was born there a driver’s license or even recognize her name because she is married to another woman. <BR> <BR> Sue Stroesser told The Omaha World-Herald that she had no trouble getting a driver’s license at the age of 16, but the state has refused to give her one at the age of 51. <BR> <BR> Sue and Mary Stroesser have been tog... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:36:32 EST Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58779635 Target publicly endorses same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. is adding its name to a legal defense of gay marriage, joining other large companies that are taking a stand, just four years after the retailer came under criticism for supporting a strident opponent of same-sex unions <BR> <BR> Target said it has signed a court brief backing marriage equality in a pending court case and publicly declared its support of gay marriage, a move similar to those taken b... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:33:58 EST Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade as attitudes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58779607 Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade as attitudes soften-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Around 300 activists led a colourful parade through Hanoi on Sunday in the nation's largest ever gay pride event, as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference. <BR> <BR> The city streets were awash with rainbow flags, as a mainly young crowd cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. <BR> ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 09:31:21 EST Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58772424 Oprah and Deepak have a new 21-day meditation series on Expanding Your Happiness starting Monday 11 August. Totally free to sign up if you'd like to try: <link>http://chopracentermeditation.com/ex<BR>perience </link> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 14:34:52 EST 8.7.2014 New Hope For MICHFEST http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58767899 Many from Michfest are not happy about allowing Trans women have a place there, but there are just as many willing to fight for the cause. One trans woman is willing to go the distance for her place there. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/kayley-whalen<BR>/a-trans-woman-on-saving-michfest_b_56<BR>53291.html?utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Thu, 7 Aug 2014 06:32:16 EST 8.6.2014 Wonderful Message Of Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58757975 College student Steven Boyle inspires his fellow classmates and helps others to think hard about what love can really be. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/05/ga<BR>y-college-student-poem_n_5651073.html?<BR>utm_hp_ref=gay-voices </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2014 06:55:09 EST Pope Francis sounds too much like Obama to be... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58740991 Pope Francis sounds too much like Obama to be honored by Congress, Republican says-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A bipartisan congressional resolution that would honor Pope Francis before his potential appearance in Philadelphia next year may not be acted upon because of Republican worries that the pontiff is perceived as being “too liberal,” The Hill reports. <BR> <BR> House Resolution 440 aims to “congratulate Pope Francis on his election and recognize his inspirational statements and actions,” but a... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:51:13 EST GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58740979 GOP Tells Obama to Ignore Congress One Day After Suing Him for Ignoring Congress-- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, House Republicans sued President Obama for acting on his own without approval from Congress. On Thursday, House Republicans told President Obama he should act on his own to fix the border crisis. <BR> <BR> The messaging whiplash resulted from Speaker John Boehner's failure – so far – to pass a Republican spending bill that would provide $659 million to help stem the child migrant... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:49:40 EST Challenge to gay conversion ban is dismissed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58740950 Challenge to gay conversion ban is dismissed-- <BR> <BR> <BR> TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For the second time in nine months, a federal judge in New Jersey has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay conversion therapy. <BR> <BR> The ruling filed Thursday by U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson rejected the claims of a New Jersey couple who said their constitutional rights were being violated because the law prevents them from seeking treatment for their 15-year-old son. <BR> <BR> La... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:45:46 EST GOP bill would give adoption agencies the right to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58740935 GOP bill would give adoption agencies the right to discriminate against same-sex couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Legislation introduced to Congress would allow religious adoption and foster care providers to deny services to same-sex couples, single parents, and people of other faiths. <BR> <BR> Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) announced the introduction of The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act of 2014 last week. They said the legislation would ensure faith-based agencies could... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:44:13 EST Protesters plan ‘gay stoning’ at Beverly Hills... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58740922 Protesters plan ‘gay stoning’ at Beverly Hills Hotel to shame owner for homophobic laws-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Protesters on Thursday hope to show customers at the Beverly Hills Hotel that they are supporting the establishment’s homophobic owner by broadcasting video of a person being stoned to death in front of the building. <BR> <BR> In recent months, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah — whose Dorchester Collection owns the Beverly Hills Hotel — has put in place a plan to fully enact Sharia law... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:42:46 EST Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58740909 Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children-- <BR> <BR> <BR> DALLAS (AP) — Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban. <BR> <BR> Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, said the views of ban opponents could be considered "rational." But he argued that Texas voters have the rig... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 12:40:56 EST LGBT Icon: Elton John (Musician) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58728656 b. March 25, 1947 <BR> <BR> "The great thing about rock and roll is that someone like me can be a star." <BR> <BR> Elton John has sold more than 250 million records in a career that spans more than three decades. He has been honored with a knighthood for his work on behalf of AIDS research and education. <BR> <BR> Elton John was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight. The son of a former Royal Air Force trumpeter, he was a musical prodigy, playing the piano at age. He studied at the Royal Academy... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:41:25 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58728550 I'm Connie. I'm 57 and starting to feel it. I really need to buckle down and take better care of my heart, soul and BODY. I have a WICKED sense of humor and I am generally optimistic. Lately I have been (in the words of my daughter) an "excuse machine" and I am struggling to make myself a priority with limited time. Looking forward to interacting when I can. Let's DO this! Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:30:40 EST More international news like this, please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58722614 Anti-LGBTQ law nullified in Uganda! <link>www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Cour<BR>t-nullifies-the-Anti-Homosexuality-law<BR>/-/688334/2405104/-/i63j88/-/index.html </link> Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:50:49 EST August goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58711710 What is your goal for August? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty excited about dancing for at least ten minutes a day! <BR> <BR> I have a lot of personal goals I am focused on: <BR> <BR> Daily: Write 3 longhand pages in my journal, do 10 push ups and 10 bent-kneed pushups, meditate at least once, walk the dog for at least 30 minutes, write out at least one blessing to be grateful for, ride the exercise bike for 30 minutes, read something wonderful, excellent self-care, and gentle stretching. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:09:45 EST Harlem pastor: God curses ‘homo’ supporters with ‘ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709323 Harlem pastor: God curses ‘homo’ supporters with ‘cancer HIV syphilis’ — then hell-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A New York pastor warned last week that church members who supported LGBT people would be cursed by God with “cancer HIV syphilis stroke madness itch then hell.” <BR> <BR> On the sign in front of his Atlah World Missionary Church in Harlem, Rev. James David Manning backed up an anti-gay message by pointing to 1 Corinthians 6:9, which says that men who have sex with men will not “inherit the ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:58:12 EST Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709259 Ginsburg: High court won't 'duck' gay marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says. <BR> <BR> The 81-year-old Ginsburg said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that she expects a same-sex marriage case to be heard and decided by June 2016, and possibly a year earlier. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>news.yahoo.com/ginsburg-high-court-w<BR>ont... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:53:27 EST Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709236 Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds registry for same-sex couples-- <BR> <BR> <BR> MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 2009 law that establishes a registry for same-sex couples, saying it does not violate an amendment to the state's constitution banning gay marriage. <BR> <BR> The registry gives same-sex couples the right to hospital visits, family medical leave to care for a stricken partner, health benefits under a partner's insurance and the right to inher... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:51:33 EST National gay rights group hires Arkansas director http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58709209 National gay rights group hires Arkansas director-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group. <BR> <BR> The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three southern sta... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:49:23 EST China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709192 China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay rights activists in China are preparing for what they say could be a legal milestone in their fight to stop homosexuality being treated as an illness. <BR> <BR> Later this month, a Chinese court will hear the first case of its kind brought against a clinic that offers so-called "gay conversion therapy". <BR> <BR> A long campaign in Europe and America has been successful in shifting the medical consensus against such tre... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:47:16 EST No Human Right To Gay Marriage, European Court Rul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709178 No Human Right To Gay Marriage, European Court Rules-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Gay marriage is not recognized in Finland, and it appears to be staying that way at least for now. <BR> <BR> The European Court of Human Rights has declined to issue a ruling that, as a practical matter, would have imposed same-sex marriage on that country and perhaps by precedent other countries in the euro zone. <BR> <BR> According to the court, “[I]t cannot be said that there exists any European consensus on allowing... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:45:36 EST Florida Tow Truck Company Owner Faces Charges Of http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58709166 Florida Tow Truck Company Owner Faces Charges Of 'Predatory Towing' During Orlando's 'Gay Days'-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The owner of an Florida-based towing company is facing charges of illegally towing vehicles of visitors who took part in an Orlando "Gay Days" event. <BR> <BR> According to The Orlando Sentinel, ASAP Towing owner Jason P. Combs faces 29 counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and other charges, after he allegedly towed more than 100 vehicles from a parking lot at Westwood Town... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:43:55 EST Hiya http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58701951 Hi folks! <BR> <BR> Excited to be here. I've attempted this weight loss journey lots of times already, but more than ever before, I'm feeling stronger and more accepting of all of who I am now, fat and queer and happy! Grateful to be sharing this path with so many others. Thank you for sharing your journeys and struggles and successes! Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:03:34 EST 7.31.2014 HRC Getting More Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58697344 Tony Hawk has joined the ranks of our straight allies and has been working with the HRC to help spread the equality and is campaigning as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1pojp.duy/U9lbkeYQPEfY3HZh<BR>Ceb06 </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:49:23 EST 7.31: Did you attend any Pride Events? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58696889 If so, where? Unfortunately, there aren't any Pride events where I live. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:19:19 EST Signs you're a bigger lesbian than you thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58692491 So funny! <link>www.shewired.com/love-marriage/2014/<BR>07/25/22-signs-youre-bigger-lesbian-yo<BR>u-thought </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:53:00 EST 7.30: Vacation Destinations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58689215 It's summertime and time to take a vacation. Are you taking one this year. Have you already gone somewhere? If so, where? Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:10:49 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58682552 Hi everyone, I've been on and off this site to help myself lose weight for a long time. Recently came out of a long depression and came out as a transexual and I haven't been happier I always love to find other supporters and expanding in the community. Happy to be here Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:31:51 EST Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58678456 Ebola can spread like 'forest fire,' US warns-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - The deadly Ebola virus can spread like a forest fire, US health authorities said Monday, urging travelers to West Africa to take extra precautions amid the largest outbreak in history. <BR> <BR> Since March, there have been 1,201 cases of Ebola and 672 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. <BR> <BR> Two Americans -- one doctor and one healthcare work... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:20:43 EST Court flips Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58678409 Court flips US state's ban on same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States. <BR> <BR> The Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals in the state capital Richmond said the ban violated the US Constitution's guarantee of equal protection under the law by infringing on the right to wed. <BR> <BR> "The choice of whether and whom to marry is an i... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:17:32 EST Gay U.S. musicians perform in Russia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58668104 Gay U.S. musicians perform in Russia-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Singer Matt Alber and members of the Cello Street Quartet were a bit nervous when they found out that they were being sent to Russia and Eastern Europe as music ambassadors for the U.S. State Department at the beginning of this year. <BR> <BR> They had reason to be. Four of the five musicians – Alber, Matthew Linaman, Adam Young, and Andres Vera – are gay men from San Francisco and Russia's anti-gay propaganda law was in force. <BR> <B... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:31:22 EST OR bakery that refused wedding cakes for same-sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58668037 OR bakery that refused wedding cakes for same-sex couples now bakes ex-gay cakes-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Oregon bakery that rose to national prominence when it refused to bake cakes for same-sex couples is now producing cakes for a prominent ex-gay ministry, the Advocate reported today. <BR> <BR> Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed its doors in September of 2013, but continues to exist as an online delivery business. One of its current clients is the ex-gay ministry known as The Restored Hope Netwo... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:26:08 EST Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58668014 Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on little children sexually’-- <BR> <BR> <BR> In a Wednesday appearance on the Christian radio show Faith and Liberty, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) said that LGBT people are attempting to make it legal to rape children in the U.S. and impose their agenda of “deviancy” on the whole population. <BR> <BR> According to Right Wing Watch, Bachmann said that the “gay community” is taking steps to “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:24:20 EST Cosmo: Lesbian sex tips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58661085 In a bold and awesome move that's certainly telling of the times we live in, Cosmo Magazine has published a list of sex tips specifically for women who have sex with other women: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/co<BR>smo-lesbian-sex-advice_n_5621524.html </link> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:31:41 EST Portland parents fight Christian ‘extremist’ club http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58640459 Portland parents fight Christian ‘extremist’ club trying to ‘harvest’ kids at public parks-- <BR> <BR> <BR> An evangelical group has launched a campaign to convert children to Christianity at public spaces and schools in Oregon. <BR> <BR> Parents concerned about the group’s intentions have launched their own campaign to warn about the Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Good News Club and its tactics, reported the Associated Press. <BR> <BR> “They pretend to be a mainstream Christian Bible stud... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:34:17 EST AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58640422 AIDS experts blast countries with anti-gay laws-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Campaigners at the world AIDS conference are taking aim at countries with anti-gay laws, accusing them of creating conditions that allow the spread of HIV. <BR> <BR> Powerfully mixing concerns over human rights and health, the issue threatens to divide western donor countries where gay equality is making strides from poor beneficiary nations where anti-gay laws persist or have been newly passed, say some. <BR> <BR> More here... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:30:43 EST In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58640407 In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight-- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With legal battles over gay marriage simmering across the United States, proponents are showcasing a group they had once sidelined: children. <BR> <BR> Lawyers are recruiting same-sex couples who have children, putting interviews with kids as young as seven in court filings, and organizing media events featuring teenagers. In May, for example, after a Virginia federal appeals court hearing,... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:28:59 EST New Age leader sues ex-students over leaked video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58640386 New Age leader sues ex-students over leaked video of her drunken racist anti-gay rant-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The leader of a New Age consciousness and enlightenment school, who channels the voice of a 35,000-year-old Lemurian warrior when speaking to her followers, is suing two former students after they posted a drunken rant by her saying Jews have enough money to “have paid their way out of the god**d gas chambers by now,” and Mexicans breed “like rabbits,” among other slurs. <BR> <BR> JZ Knig... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:27:18 EST 7.24.2014 Go Pink! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58628029 After a major backlash online over a picture of a boy wearing pink shoes made such a fuss, Quirkie Kids founder Martine Zoer decided to help kids be free to not be afraid to wear the colors they want just because of old stereotypes. She has a campaign going on called Freetowearpink to help put the point across. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1p4ms.lg6/U9Ag4-YQnyJK-MAK<BR>B9c12 </link> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:32:19 EST Queer As Folk director plans next series http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58623163 The creator of one of the most iconic gay-themed TV shows of all time has plans for a steamy new series featuring plenty of same-sex encounters. <BR> <BR> Russell T. Davies has announced plans for "Tofu," an eight-part series about modern sex culture: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/ru<BR>ssell-t-davies-tofu-_n_5606697.html </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:12:38 EST 7.23.2014 A Little Sweetness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58618582 Sweetness can go a long way, and to prove it, a Topeka a/c company made sure to spread the love for some cookies. Our friends and fellow proud fighters in the Equality House needed some repairs to the a/c there and after finding out they could never afford the repairs, one company stepped up and did it for the price of some tasty cookies made in the area. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1p210.jc/U87RWOYQnyJK-LmbC<BR>2073 </link> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:55:33 EST Corporate inversion: Walgreens plans move to ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58598284 Corporate inversion: Walgreens plans move to Switzerland to escape U.S. taxes-- <BR> <BR> A large US pension adviser has written to US regulators asking them to investigate Illinois-based retailer Walgreens plans to move its tax base from the US to Switzerland as part of its takeover of Alliance Boots. <BR> <BR> The CtW Investment Group, which represents union pension funds holding $250bn (£146bn) in investments, has written to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) asking them to <B... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:10:46 EST Healthy gay men urged to take HIV drugs - WHO http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58598191 Healthy gay men urged to take HIV drugs - WHO-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging all sexually active gay men to take antiretroviral drugs to reduce the spread of HIV. <BR> <BR> The organisation says the move may help prevent a million new HIV infections over 10 years. Officials warn rates of HIV in this group remain high across the globe. <BR> <BR> But activists suggest this could discourage the use of condoms - one of the best methods to stop the virus spread... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:04:28 EST HIV infection rate in the US falls by a third in.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58598170 HIV infection rate in the US falls by a third in a decade-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States has fallen by a third over the past decade, researchers say. <BR> <BR> After examining cases from all 50 states, the study found that the diagnosis rate fell to 16.1 per 100,000 people in 2011 from 24.1 in 2002. Experts celebrated the findings as a hopeful sign that the Aids epidemic may be slowing in the country. <BR> <BR> However, there was a rise in new ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:02:27 EST Gay marriage legal challenges: Where things stand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58598144 Gay marriage legal challenges: Where things stand-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State same-sex marriage bans have been falling around the country since June 2013, when the nation's highest court ordered the federal government to recognize state-sanctioned gay marriages. The remaining state bans all face legal challenges to overturn them. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>news.yahoo.com/gay-marriage-legal-ch<BR>allenges-where-things-stand-235353425.<BR>html </link> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:00:40 EST Appeals court upholds decision voiding Oklahoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58598132 Appeals court upholds decision voiding Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Oklahoma City (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court decision voiding as unconstitutional Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage, drawing on a similar decision it made for Utah. <BR> <BR> The decision by the three-judge panel of the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest in a series of rulings by judges in federal and state courts to find such exclusions viola... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:58:45 EST Gender-neutral bathrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58592514 Bureaucrats say there's no symbol for gender-neutral toilet. How about an image of a toilet instead of an image of the person we think should be using a particular toilet? <link>thesocietypages.org/socimages/2014/0<BR>7/01/gender-neutral-bathrooms-solving-<BR>the-sign-problem/ </link> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:27:21 EST She Keeps Me Warm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58582104 Tori Amos covers Mary Lambert's "She Keeps Me Warm" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdarjr1zCio </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:59:24 EST Wow, Sears!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58582080 Making four couples' dreams come true! <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh2aEjuWCn0 </link> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:56:14 EST LGBT Icon: Jim Hormel: Diplomat/Phi ilanthropist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58580714 b. January 1, 1931 <BR> <BR> "I learned in the civil rights era that nobody gives you anything - you have to fight for it. The same is true of our effort today to bring equality to all Americans." <BR> <BR> Jim Hormel is a philanthropist and community leader who was the first openly gay United States Ambassador. <BR> <BR> In 1992 when Jim Hormel sought to become a United States Ambassador, he had no idea it would take seven years and a bruising political battle to achieve his goal. Iron... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:51:43 EST Researchers: Children exposed to religion have dif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58579493 Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.” <BR> <BR> In “Judgments About Fact and Fiction by Children From Religious... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:37:08 EST AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58579450 AIDS conference attendees on downed Malaysian jet-- <BR> <BR> <BR> SYDNEY (AP) — A prominent researcher, two activists and at least three others headed to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community. <BR> <BR> Among the passengers were a former president of the International AIDS Society, Joep Lange, a well-known researcher from the Netherlands, and World Health Organization ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:34:08 EST North Carolina pastors rally for gay marriage ban http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58570783 North Carolina pastors rally for gay marriage ban-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Pastors on Tuesday called on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory to defend that state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the face of lawsuits from same-sex couples in the state and around the country. <BR> <BR> When McCrory ran for governor in 2012, he supported the state amendment that defined marriage as between a man and woman. But the socially moderate Republican governor has said little on recent lawsuits c... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:32:12 EST Judge backs Denver County clerk over gay marriage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58570770 Judge backs Denver County clerk over gay marriage licenses-- <BR> <BR> <BR> DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado judge who ruled last week that the state's ban on same-sex nuptials was unconstitutional refused on Monday to stop the Denver County clerk from giving out marriage licenses to gay couples, court records show. <BR> <BR> Denver became the second county in the state to issue the permits to same-sex couples, just hours after another judge ruled on Thursday in favor of the county clerk in B... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:30:49 EST Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58570751 Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief-- <BR> <BR> <BR> LATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. <BR> <BR> Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. <BR> <BR> The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay marriage eight years ago, turned against the mayor, stripped him of his powe... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:29:17 EST OK college expels woman one semester from graduati http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58570735 OK college expels woman one semester from graduation over her same-sex marriage-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A 22-year-old Oklahoma woman said her college singled her out in expelling her one semester away from completing her studies because she married another woman, Religion News Service reported on Friday. <BR> <BR> “Students violate parts of [the school's] covenant all the time, but they don’t get expelled,” Christian Minard said regarding her dismissal from Southwestern Christian University. “I d... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:27:21 EST Losing A Great Legacy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58564059 Sad news today as we have lost Elaine Stritch at the age of 89. She has made a big impact on so many people, she will be missed for sure. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>links.mkt335.com/ctt?kn=26&ms=Njc3MT<BR>kyMAS2&r=NDU2MTk0MDYwNDUS1&b=0&j=NDgxO<BR>Dk2MDkxS0&mt=1&rt=0 </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:32:31 EST 7.17.2014 New Bill To Fight For Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58557945 There is a new bill that is headed for the House Of Representatives that could be a good stepping stone to move forward with fighting for our rights. It was started by Ed Tierney (D-Mass) and is co sponsored by Richard Hanna and Chris Gibson both Republicans from New York. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1op5j.jg/U8bsg-YQ-I_N6xkTC<BR>aca5 </link> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:39:20 EST 7.16.2014 Glenn Burke Honored http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58550394 A pioneer in sports history, Glenn Burke, was honored at the All Star Game. He was the first former baseball player to be open about being gay. It has taken many years, but his contributions have not been forgotten. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1omj2.jg/U8WcMOYQ0pnKSMjaB<BR>960f </link> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:58:55 EST Watch the World's First Non-Medical Marijuana Comm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58539891 Watch the World's First Non-Medical Marijuana Commercial-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Canadian marijuana breeder company has launched what it calls "the world's first marijuana commercial," and it's ... something. <BR> <BR> The Vancouver-based Crop King Seeds has not aired the spot yet, but posted the commercial-slash-PSA to YouTube with the message: <BR> <BR> --We wanted something that not just advertise [sic] our company but also something that promotes a healthier alternative to alcohol and to... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:41:27 EST Marijuana Can Help Slow Cancer Tumor Growth, Scien http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58539823 Marijuana Can Help Slow Cancer Tumor Growth, Scientists Say-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Scientists have discovered how marijuana can be used to help treat cancer, specifically by slowing tumor growth. <BR> <BR> But it isn’t the marijuana itself — it’s only one ingredient in the drug. This ingredient, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), has been reported to help slow the growth of cancer cells, according to The Independent. <BR> <BR> The research done by the University of East Anglia team “has shed light on ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:34:14 EST Ian Thorpe: I'm gay, says former Australian Olympi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58529105 Ian Thorpe: I'm gay, says former Australian Olympic swimmer-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Five-time Olympic swimming champion Ian Thorpe has revealed he is gay in an interview on Australian television. <BR> <BR> The 31-year-old told British journalist Sir Michael Parkinson on Channel 10: "I've thought about this for a long time. I'm not straight." <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.bbc.com/sport/0/swimming/2828207<BR>6 </link> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:40:29 EST Christian radio host fears Iowans may be forced to http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58529076 Christian radio host fears Iowans may be forced to eat gay pride burger-- <BR> <BR> <BR> The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer voiced his concern on Friday over the idea that a new Burger King item honoring LGBT Pride events in San Francisco could be sold in other parts of the country, Right Wing Watch reported. <BR> <BR> “If this isn’t bottled up in San Francisco, this kind of nonsense, then it’s going to be spreading across the entire fruited plain,” Fischer complained. “And yo... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:37:03 EST MN Republican bases economic agenda on theory that http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58529045 MN Republican bases economic agenda on theory that sperm enzymes in anus causes AIDS-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives repeated a false theory this week that AIDS was caused by sperm enzymes entering the anus of another male. <BR> <BR> Bob Frey, who cites his work in helping Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) to defeat a “profiles in learning” education program as a major accomplishment, told the MinnPost that his opposition to the “gay agenda” w... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:34:45 EST My Trans Son http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58521378 Todd Greenwood describes finding out his child was transgendered and what he learned along the way. <BR> <BR> Three years ago I received an email from my then-17-year-old child: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-greenwoo<BR>d/my-trans-son-standing-tall_b_5568825<BR>.html </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:03:05 EST Fired teacher gets overdue apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58521343 A teacher who was fired for being gay is receiving an apology from his former school district -- 42 years after the fact. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/ja<BR>mes-gaylord-fired_n_5575691.html </link> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:58:46 EST Lesbians explain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58511170 Femme Lesbians explain Butch Lesbians <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0FzO7GO90o </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:37:21 EST LGBTQ Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58511040 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/07/lg<BR>bt-wellness-july-7_n_5563594.html </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:20:33 EST Key high-risk HIV groups threaten AIDS progress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58508756 Key high-risk HIV groups threaten AIDS progress, warns the WHO-- <BR> <BR> <BR> GENEVA/LONDON - Five key groups, including gay men, prostitutes and prisoners, have stubbornly high rates of HIV that are threatening progress in the global AIDS battle, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. <BR> <BR> These people are most at risk of becoming infected with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS, yet are least likely to get HIV prevention, testing and treatment services,... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:28:54 EST ACLU asks Holder about Indiana gay marriages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58508724 ACLU asks Holder about Indiana gay marriages-- <BR> <BR> <BR> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys on Friday asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to step in on behalf of hundreds of same-sex couples who were wed before a federal appeals court stayed an order striking down Indiana's gay marriage ban. <BR> <BR> The letter by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana asks Holder to issue a statement that the federal government will recognize the marriages as he did in Utah and Michigan, which... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:24:50 EST Indiana won't recognize same-sex marriages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58508708 Indiana won't recognize same-sex marriages-- <BR> <BR> <BR> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana won't recognize hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed before a federal court halted a lower-court's decision to lift the state's gay marriage ban, the governor's office said Wednesday. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>news.yahoo.com/indiana-wont-recogniz<BR>e-same-sex-marriages-202557906.html </link> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:23:08 EST Gay rights groups: Hobby Lobby ruling means we can http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58508685 Gay rights groups: Hobby Lobby ruling means we can’t support federal anti-discrimination law-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A group of leading LGBT rights organizations has backed off the long-standing call for a federal non-discrimination bill in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby religious exemption case, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reported. <BR> <BR> In a joint statement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Transgender Law Center, Lambda Legal, Gay & Lesbia... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:21:12 EST N. Irish bakery faces action over 'gay Bert and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58508656 N. Irish bakery faces action over 'gay Bert and Ernie cake' snub-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Belfast (United Kingdom) (AFP) - A Christian bakery in Northern Ireland said Tuesday it had been threatened with legal action after declining to make a cake featuring "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie with a slogan supporting gay marriage. <BR> <BR> Ashers Baking Company, which takes its name from a verse in the Bible, did not want to make the cake, which was also to feature the QueerSpace campaign gr... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:18:04 EST Trying this again http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58506699 Hello everyone. My name is Garrett, and I recently finished by bachelors degree in social services. I have been on this website before (almost two years ago) and I need to make my health a priority again. Motivation is something that I lose easily, and I am hoping to change that. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Garrett Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:47:56 EST HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58499219 HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl-- <BR> <BR> <BR> A baby girl in the US born with HIV and believed cured after very early treatment has now been found to still harbour the virus. <BR> <BR> Tests last week on the four-year-old child from Mississippi indicate she is no longer in remission, say doctors. She had appeared free of HIV as recently as March, without receiving treatment for nearly two years. <BR> <BR> The news represents a setback for hopes that very early treatment of ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:07:10 EST ACLU Just Came Out Against Antidiscr imination Law http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499182 ACLU Just Came Out Against Antidiscrimination Law Designed to Protect LGBT-- <BR> <BR> <BR> You know things are getting weird when a prominent civil rights organization opposes a nondiscrimination law. <BR> <BR> In a statement released Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and several LGBT rights organizations withdrew their support for the Employee Non- Discrimination Act, which would protect LGBT people from workplace discrimination. The bill has passed the Senate and awaits respo... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:04:46 EST Vet sues after burial with gay partner is denied http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499156 Vet sues after burial with gay partner is denied-- <BR> <BR> <BR> BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife. <BR> <BR> Seventy-four-year-old Madelynn Taylor filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Boise after she tried to make advance arrangements last year to have her ashes interred with Jean Mixner, whom she met on a blind date in 1995 and marrie... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:03:03 EST The Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58499151 The Do-Gooders Secretly Attacking Gays-- <BR> <BR> <BR> Like many a Daily Beast reader, I found Campus Crusade for Christ to be somewhere between annoying and amusing. You remember them from college: the Jesus freaks, intent on spreading the “Good News,” somewhere between quaint and creepy. <BR> <BR> Turns out, CCC—now rebranded, ludicrously, as “Cru”—is a massive organization, and involved in some of the meanest homophobia-for-export in Africa. Not so amusing anymore. <BR> <BR> Remarkabl... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:01:35 EST 7.10.2014 Apple Knows How To Be Proud http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58486347 Plenty of companies support the LGBTQ community, but not many of them would take to the streets like Apple! Employees of Apple went to San Fransisco Pride to stand up and be proud with us! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/ap<BR>ple-pride-2014_n_5567439.html?utm_hp_r<BR>ef=gay-voices </link> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:24:23 EST 7.9.2014 California's Bill 1306 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58476622 California Governor signed in bill 1306 on Monday that allows the term spouse and spouse to be used on government forms instead of always using husband and wife being the only choice for official forms. <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1o5ra.ji/U7xb1OYQ6H1UKyZ_B<BR>5b84 </link> Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:41:32 EST Federal judge to SCOTUS following Hobby Lobby... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58473370 Federal judge to Supreme Court following Hobby Lobby decision: ‘STFU’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Writing on his personal blog, a federal judge appointed to the bench by President George H. W. Bush advised the Supreme Court to avoid “divisive cases” in the future that do more harm than good — such as the recent Hobby Lobby decision – before offering a more blunt suggestion: shut the f*ck up. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska, who is no stranger to controversy for posts he has wr... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 22:38:22 EST 9 Unexpected Places Where Pride Flags Flew During http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58457764 9 Unexpected Places Where Pride Flags Flew During Pride Month-- <BR> <BR> <BR> From small town America to Moscow, the LGBT pride flag made appearances in some awesome and unexpected places. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/pride/2014/06/30/9-<BR>unexpected-places-where-pride-flags-fl<BR>ew-during-pride-month </link> Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:58:16 EST Peddlers of International Homophobia to Descend on http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457740 Peddlers of International Homophobia to Descend on Salt Lake -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The World Congress of Families, an antigay organization labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has set its sights on Salt Lake City as the venue for its annual summit next year. The group will descend on Salt Lake City for pre-summit planning meetings October 22 and 23. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/world/2014/07/02/pe<BR>ddlers-international-homophobia-descen<BR>d-salt-lake </... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:54:56 EST Maine’s GOP governor met with ‘sovereign citizens’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457654 Maine’s GOP governor met with ‘sovereign citizens’ who seek execution of Dems: book -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Maine’s Republican governor vehemently denied claims in a forthcoming book that he discussed executing the state’s Democratic speaker of the House and Senate president. <BR> <BR> A pair of “sovereign citizen” radio hosts said last year on their “Aroostook Watchmen” program that they had met with Gov. Paul LePage and talked about hanging as the punishment for high treason – which the broadc... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:46:58 EST Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457631 Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and the cause of racism, divorce, gay people -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Students in a freshman biology class in Atlanta’s Grady High School were shown a PowerPoint presentation that linked evolution to Satan, abortion, divorce, racism, and homosexuality. <BR> <BR> The Grady High student newspaper, the Southerner, reported that Anquinette Jones used the PowerPoint presentation to teach the theory of evolution to her students during a freshman biology cla... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:44:54 EST Anti-Gay Catholic Bishop Accused of Same-Sex... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58457608 Anti-Gay Rights Catholic Bishop Accused of Same-Sex 'Misconduct' -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' Archbishop John Nienstedt is well-known for his outspoken statements against gay people and marriage equality. And now, the Catholic leader is under investigation by a law firm hired by the Archdiocese, based on “multiple allegations” that Nienstedt had relations with multiple men, including priests and seminarians. Although he authorized the investigation himself,... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 13:42:51 EST Hi, Everyone! New here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58457138 Hi, Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to the team, and I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Rob, and I'm a 30 y/o from New Jersey. I'm here to meet new people and get (and give) support. I've struggled with my weight my entire life, and right now have at least 150 pounds to lose. I'd like to talk with other LGBTQ people who have been through or are going through the same situation. <BR> <BR> I look forward to hearing from you soon! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:51:42 EST Vintage black and white photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58447470 Vintage black-and-white photos chronicle the California gay scene from 1969 to 1973 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/02/an<BR>thony-friedkin_n_5549563.html </link> Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:39:05 EST LGBT Icon: Keith Haring: Artist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58445085 b. May 4, 1958 <BR> d. February 16, 1990 <BR> <BR> "My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can." <BR> <BR> Keith Haring was one of the most influential visual artists of the late 20th century. His bold, cartoon-like images are indelible icons of American art and popular culture. <BR> <BR> As a young artist living in New York City in 1980, Keith Haring had an epiphany: "One day, riding in the subway, ... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 11:01:14 EST LGBT Icon: Barbara Gittings: Gay Pioneer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58438493 b. July 31, 1932 <BR> d. February 18, 2007 <BR> <BR> "As a teenager, I had to struggle alone to learn about myself and what it meant to be gay. Now for [48] years I've had the satisfaction of working with other gay people all across the country to get the bigots off our backs, to oil the closet door hinges, to change prejudiced hearts and minds, and to show that gay love is good for us and for the rest of the world too. It's hard work---but it's vital, and it's gratifying, and it's often f... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:44:07 EST First gay hug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58438443 A cute video inspired by the popular First Kiss one, pairing homophobes with their first gay hug <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1WEtFFPVBU </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 16:39:02 EST Boycott Hobby Lobby http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58438058 Only if you care about civil rights, women, the LGBTQ community, or any religious minority <link>www.allegiancemusical.com/blog-entry<BR>/hobby-lobby-aint-church-its-profit-bu<BR>siness </link> Sat, 5 Jul 2014 15:51:02 EST SCOTUS upholds California ban on ‘reparative http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427618 Supreme Court upholds California ban on ‘reparative therapy’ for LGBT youths -- <BR> <BR> <BR> One Monday, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case arguing against California’s ban on reparative therapy for LGBT minors. <BR> <BR> “Reparative therapy” — also known as “conversion therapy” or “ex-gay therapy” — refers to a range of therapeutic practices that attempt to “fix” homosexual and transgender youths. <BR> <BR> The American Psychiatric Association condemns any “psychiatric treatment... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:47:17 EST Brutal attack on lesbian couple after SF Gay Pride http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427599 Brutal attack on lesbian couple after Gay Pride event in San Francisco a hate crime, police say -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Police are investigating the attack on two women at San Francisco’s Gay Pride celebration last week as a hate crime. Detectives were unable to find surveillance video of the attack, but said that they had spoken to witnesses — including the good Samaritan whose intervention caused the attackers to flee — and that they are currently tracking down leads. <BR> <BR> More here: ... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:44:50 EST Kentucky Baptist church schedules first gay wed- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427556 Kentucky Baptist church schedules first gay wedding only hours after ban ends -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Only hours after a judge overruled Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage, a Baptist church announced that it would be holding its first ever gay wedding. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that same-sex marriage was legal in Kentucky, but temporarily stayed his ruling while a federal appeals court considered other similar cases. <BR> <BR> Highland Baptist Church... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:41:11 EST Federal judge destroys Kentucky’s ‘bewildering’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58427524 Federal judge destroys Kentucky’s ‘bewildering’ claim that gay marriage threatens humanity -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Kentucky could become the first southern state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge determined arguments supporting a ban on such relationships were bewildering and irrational. <BR> <BR> U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled in favor of two gay Louisville couples who challenged the state’s 2004 constitutional amendment and a similar 1998 law violated the constitut... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 11:38:36 EST 67.3.2014 Burger King Gets Proud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58414726 Burger King has started selling their famous Whoppers in a special wrapper for an San Fransisco Pride. I would like to see it sold all over the place, but it's a start! <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nu1y.jn/U7Rz_-YQIaE2fjtUB<BR>b869 </link> Thu, 3 Jul 2014 07:13:43 EST 7.2.2014 A Letter To Against Transphobia http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58403287 Nasir Fleming has decided to use his prom queen title to help fight for acceptance. Just a touch of brilliance to help people be more aware of tolerance. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nrll.jn/U7Mjq-YQxWtCy5F9C<BR>7108 </link> Wed, 2 Jul 2014 06:58:51 EST Were These Disney Characters Gay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58398924 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/20/di<BR>sney-gay-characters_n_5515943.html </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:27:17 EST Hobby Lobby & SCOTUS - LGBT Rights at Stake http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58398013 Last year at this time we were celebrating two decisions by the Supreme Court: the end of DOMA and the restoration of marriage in California. <BR> <BR> This year the Court has given us all a reason to be VERY concerned. In deciding that certain types of corporations can exclude contraception from workers health insurance based on the owners' religious views in the Hobby Lobby case, the Court's decision may be wrongly interpreted by some to be an invitation to block health insurance for othe... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:32:21 EST BR Council to again consider anti-discr rimination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58384062 Council to again consider anti-discrimination measure -- <BR> <BR> The Baton Rouge Metro Council is again contemplating an anti-discrimination measure supported by the gay community, but it’s unclear how the proposal will fare when council members cast their votes. <BR> <BR> The “fairness ordinance,” as it has been dubbed by its supporters, seeks to ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, vete... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:00:42 EST Pride around the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58374126 June marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots in New York City, an event that helped crystallize the modern-day LGBT rights movement as we know it. Pride Month is a chance to make visible the issues that the LGBT community still faces and to celebrate how far we've come. <BR> <BR> Here's some great images of how cities around the world are publicly showing their pride: <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/28/in<BR>ternational-gay-pride-events_n_5491958<BR>.html </link> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:12:44 EST First lesbian on CA Court of Appeal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58373999 Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced that he has appointed San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese M. Stewart to serve as a justice on the California Court of Appeal, on the First District Court's Division Two. The appointment, made during San Francisco's LGBT Pride weekend, marks an appropriately historic milestone for California's judiciary as well as its LGBT community: Stewart will be the first openly lesbian justice to serve on the California Court of Appeal, if confirmed. <link... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:02:43 EST LGBT Icon: Tim Gill: Philanthropist http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58372180 b. October 18, 1953 <BR> <BR> " This fight is not just for the long haul. This fight is forever. " <BR> <BR> Tim Gill founded the highly successful computer company Quark, Inc. and created the Gill Foundation, one of the first major foundations to benefit the LGBT community. <BR> <BR> Tim Gill got hooked on computers when his high school acquired its first computer. It wasn't long until he taught himself to create complex programs. Instead of following in his father's footsteps as a phy... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:47:51 EST NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58366683 NC GOP lawmaker tells gay colleague that he’s like a pedophile or animal rapist -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Republican state representative in North Carolina distributed literature to a gay colleague on Tuesday that compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia. <BR> <BR> During a debate over a bill to expand charter schools in North Carolina, Democratic state Rep. Susan Fisher offered an amendment that would have prohibited schools from “discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:11:38 EST Ralph Reed: Opposing same-sex marriage is ‘definit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58366649 Ralph Reed: Opposing same-sex marriage is ‘definitely a winner’ for Republicans -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman Ralph Reed asserted in a recent interview that Republicans would definitely come out ahead in the 2014 elections by opposing equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. <BR> <BR> During an interview with Bloomberg TV over the weekend, host Al Hunt asked Reed if evangelical Christians would reject any candidate who supported same-sex marriage. <BR> <BR> “Tha... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:05:59 EST WATCH: Rick Santorum says gay marriage hurts the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58366630 WATCH: Rick Santorum says gay marriage hurts the economy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum attended the March for Marriage in Washington D.C. today and gave an interview with TownHall in which he blamed the current state of the economy on the increasing national acceptance of gay marriage. <BR> <BR> Marriage is not, Santorum said, solely about “a romantic relationship between two people.” <BR> <BR> “It’s also about,” he added... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:02:41 EST Pending marriage equality cases http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58365328 Updated list of pending marriage equality cases, for those of you who love to keep track of history as it happens: <link>www.lambdalegal.org/pending-marriage<BR>-equality-cases </link> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:41:37 EST Tona Brown makes history http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58365243 Tona Brown Makes History: The violinist and singer is the first transgender African-American woman to play Carnegie Hall. <BR> <BR> Sissieretta Jones made history June 15, 1892, by being the first African-American female to sing at Carnegie Hall. It took 122 years, but now the first openly transgender African-American performer will play the hallowed venue when the violinist and mezzo-soprano takes the stage June 25, 2014. <BR> <BR> With the support of GLAAD, Tona Brown looked to crowd-fund... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:32:20 EST LGBT Icon: David Geffen: Media Mogul http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58362777 b. February 21, 1943 <BR> <BR> "Happy is harder than money. Anybody who thinks money will make them happy, hasn't got money." <BR> <BR> David Geffen is a legendary music, theater, and film mogul. He supports philanthropic causes through the David Geffen Foundation. <BR> <BR> David Geffen has shaped popular culture for more than 30 years by launching the careers of many of the greatest performers of our time. His success in the entertainment business has come from his exceptional ability... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 10:09:11 EST Windsor anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58345028 One year ago today, Windsor v. United States became one of the most important court cases in history for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since June 2013, every single one of the 15 court cases striking down bans on marriage equality has used the Windsor ruling at the core of its legal decision. <BR> <BR> All of this began when a now famous Marriage Equality New York volunteer decided she wouldn't take no for an answer. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude ... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:50:18 EST 6.26.2014 2 More States Are A Go For Marriages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58341166 A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that conservative Utah may not ban gay couples from marrying, a decision that capped a day of victories for same-sex nuptials and nudges the issue closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. Indiana had the same thing happen as well. I always thought Utah would be one of the last holdouts. <BR> <BR> <link>hsrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=AnSQpAPA4Y.pw_UD<BR>nfpfSICbvZx4;_ylc=X3oDMTloMnFtbjJwBF9T<BR>AzIwMjM1MzgwNzUEYQMxNDA2MjUgbmV3cyBpbm<BR>RpYW5hIGdheSBtYXJyaWFnZSB0BGFpZA... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:11:24 EST Indiana and Utah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58335040 Big day for marriage equality! <BR> <BR> Indiana! (Baskin v. Bogan, Fujii v. Pence, and Lee v. Pence) "For the reasons set forth below, the court finds that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban violates the due process clause and equal protection clause and is, therefore, unconstitutional." Decision: <link>bit.ly/1jOpKH0 </link> <BR> <BR> Utah! 10th Circuit affirms district court: "We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to, establish a family, raise children, and... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:05:33 EST 6.25.2014 Mayors Meet To End Discrimination http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58331117 Mayors from many states that still have laws in place against same sex marriages met to try and fight the discrimination in their states and move forward. It is a big step to get politicians like this to work this hard. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>link.huffingtonpost.com/50602a13c91c<BR>45a22701563a1nc5o.jn/U6nrg-YQcpEbb2BfB<BR>c47f </link> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 08:28:13 EST LGBT Icon: Barney Frank: Congressman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58325491 b. March 31, 1940 <BR> <BR> "The issue is not that morals be applied to public policy; it's that conservatives bring public policy to spheres of our lives where it should not enter." <BR> <BR> Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) is the highest-ranking and longest-serving openly gay politician in the United States. <BR> <BR> Congressman Frank is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Prior to entering Congress, he served in state and local government, including e... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:17:54 EST LGBT Icon: Ellen DeGeneres: Comedian http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58314482 b. January 26, 1958 <BR> <BR> "For me, it's that I contributed . . . that I'm on this planet doing some good and making people happy. That's to me the most important thing, that my hour of television is positive and upbeat and an antidote for all the negative stuff going on in life." <BR> <BR> Popular comedian Ellen DeGeneres was the first openly gay actor to portray a gay character on a leading primetime television program. <BR> <BR> In April 1997, Ellen DeGeneres, the star of her own ... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:17:42 EST US Presbyterians get green light for same-sex wedd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308495 US Presbyterians get green light for same-sex weddings -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - The nearly 1.9 million member Presbyterian Church USA has given its pastors the green light to marry gay and lesbian couples, in another coup for marriage equality in the United States. <BR> <BR> The decision by the influential mainline Protestant denomination's General Assembly in Detroit, which ends Saturday, follows "much thought, discussion and prayer," it said in a statement. <BR> <BR> Its pas... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:08:42 EST UK bans teaching of creationism in any school that http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308466 UK bans teaching of creationism in any school that receives public funding -- <BR> <BR> <BR> On Thursday, the United Kingdom expanded its ban on the teaching of creationism from all state schools, to all state schools as well as semi-private Free Schools and Academies. <BR> <BR> The decision effectively means that no school in the United Kingdom can teach creationism or any other “anti-scientific” dogma without losing the entirety of its funding, as they would be violating “the requiremen... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:06:05 EST Religious right looks beyond gay marriage to next http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308448 Religious right looks beyond gay marriage to next battles -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Washington (AFP) - Hundreds of conservative Republicans who gathered for the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority conference this week in Washington see a conflict raging across the United States pitting their faith and family values against liberal encroachment fueled by President Barack Obama. <BR> <BR> Marriage sanctity has been a pillar of that platform, but five months before mid-term elections and 1... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:03:49 EST Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Jr. would agree http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58308424 Mike Huckabee: Martin Luther King Jr. would agree that gay marriage is like the Holocaust -- <BR> <BR> <BR> Fox News host Mike Huckabee on Thursday compared the effort to prevent LGBT people from having equal marriage rights to fighting against Nazi Germany. <BR> <BR> Speaking at the 2014 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that there was “no basis in the law” that gave a single judge the right to strike down same-sex marriage bans, like Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Chri... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 08:00:52 EST LGBT Hero: Alan Turing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58302271 COMPUTER PIONEER AND VICTIM OF COLD WAR HOMOPHOBIA, 1912 <BR> <BR> Turing, Alan (1912-1954) <BR> <BR> It would be difficult to overestimate the importance to the modern world of the mathematical, philosophical, and cryptographic work of Alan Mathison Turing. A gifted mathematician, Turing is remembered today as one of the founders of computer science. <BR> <BR> The gay and lesbian community remembers Turing not only for his work on computers and the cracking of the Enigma machine code dur... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:20:11 EST Sex is complicated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58302017 Even those of us who distinguish between sex and gender, who understand that gender is a cultural construct, too often reduce sex to a binary. But when we dig into the science of sex, it turns out that the fundamental categorizations we take for granted—male and female—are not fundamental at all. The assumption that there are only two sexes is wrong. Sex, like gender, is a construct—and it varies. <link>www.slate.com/articles/health_and_sc<BR>ience/medical_examiner/2014/06/nationa<BR>l_revie... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:55:29 EST 7 Things Happy Lesbians do Differently http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58301773 <link>http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/lesb<BR>ianhealth/ss/7-Things-Happy-Lesbians-D<BR>o-Differently.htm </link> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 15:18:29 EST Historic Trans Triumph! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58292350 Underscoring a significant shift in Canadian law, a 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate officiating his status as male. <BR> <BR> The certificate was publicly presented to Wren Kauffman as part of an Edmonton pride brunch hosted by the city’s mayor — the result of a complaint Wren filed with the Alberta Human Rights Commission based on the inability to amend his listed sex. <BR> <BR> Before today, Alberta only allowed a person’s sex to be switched... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 15:23:42 EST 45 Years after Stonewall http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58292020 It's been 45 years since the historic Stonewall Riots, but their significance and impact are still as relevant today as ever before. <BR> <BR> In honor of this monumental anniversary, the Arcus Foundation and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation have organized "Stonewall 45: Windows Into LGBT History," a walking exhibition in New York's Greenwich Village where the modern-day LGBT revolution first began. <BR> <BR> The exhibition consists of 26 posters displayed in various ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:36:40 EST Texas GOP chairman mocks his own party’s endorse- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58289412 Texas GOP chairman mocks his own party’s endorsement of discredited ex-gay therapy -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The recent decision by the Republican Party of Texas to throw their support behind voluntary ‘reparative therapy’ for gays and lesbians has not been met with approval with all Texas Republicans, including Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri. <BR> <BR> Speaking with Texas Public Radio, Munisteri said he doesn’t believe LGBT individuals can be converted to heterosexuality simply by talking to... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:35:44 EST Obama extends family leave rights of legally mar- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58289367 Obama extends family leave rights of legally married same-sex couples -- <BR> <BR> <BR> WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday will announce a rule that makes legally married same-sex couples eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act in all 50 states, a White House official said. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/20/obama<BR>-extends-family-leave-rights-of-legall<BR>y-married-same-sex-couples/ </link> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 10:32:59 EST CA pastor orders Christians to ‘isolate’ LGBT kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280207 CA pastor orders Christians to ‘isolate’ LGBT kids and then ‘turn them over to Satan’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> California Pastor John MacArthur said during a recent edition of his “Grace to You” show that parents of LGBT kids should cast them out of their lives and “turn them over to Satan.” Americans Against the Tea Party reported that the pastor was responding to a question from a congregant about parenting a gay child. <BR> <BR> “My adult child just ‘came out,’” wrote MacArthur’s viewer, “‘in... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:05:37 EST Texas judge ignores DNA tests, refuses parental... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280174 Texas judge ignores DNA tests, refuses parental rights because gay dads are married -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A judge in Texas has refused to list two fathers on the birth certificates of their children because the men are gay. <BR> <BR> Same-sex couple Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs, who were legally married in Washington, D.C., both have biological children, who share the same surrogate mother. Neither of the men are listed on their biological child’s birth certificate. <BR> <BR> Hanna and Riggs ha... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:03:18 EST MI church bars openly gay man after commitment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280155 MI church bars openly gay man after commitment ceremony proves he ‘acts on’ urges -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A Michigan man said that he was “shunned” by St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Marquette because he publicly declared his love for another man. <BR> <BR> Bobby Glenn Brown told WLUC that problems with the church began last Saturday after a commitment ceremony with his partner of 31 years, Don Roberts. <BR> <BR> Although Brown — who was well known in the community as an actor, singer and a d... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:01:36 EST Senate confirms first openly gay black federal.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58280128 Senate confirms first openly gay black federal judge -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The U.S. Senate on Tuesday for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to become a top-level federal judge, voting 98-0 to approve President Barack Obama’s choice of Darrin Gayles for a district court in Florida. <BR> <BR> By a vote of 52-44, senators also endorsed Obama's pick of Staci Yandle, an openly gay black woman, to serve on a federal district court in Illinois. While that is not a first, the White Hous... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:59:18 EST Action: Remove gay "cure" books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58271690 Tomorrow in Spain, a dangerous book is launching that teaches parents how to "cure" their children of being gay – and some of the main bookstores in the country, like Amazon, El Corte Inglés and La Casa del Libro, are selling it. <BR> <BR> These stores have policies prohibiting products that promote discrimination. But instead, they're making money from spreading dangerous "treatments" that could lead so many young people to self-destructive behavior and even suicide. <BR> <BR> Here's a lin... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:41:43 EST 6.19.2014 Beautiful Coming Out Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58267090 Found a great story of a child and his mother, hope you enjoy it. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/ni<BR>ne-year-old-gay-son-_n_5500763.html?ut<BR>m_hp_ref=mostpopular </link> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 07:54:45 EST 6.18.2014 Teen Made To Remove Makeup For License http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58261691 A teen in South Carolina was forced to remove makeup he was wearing before he was able to get his drivers license photo taken. A local transgender rights group is asking that the teen is able to retake the photo. The employees claim the the boy was trying to be disguised. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/ge<BR>nder-non-conforming-teen-drivers-licen<BR>se-_n_5500143.html </link> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:58:15 EST Army upgrades lesbian’s discharge to honorable... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245765 Army upgrades lesbian’s discharge to honorable 35 years after booting her for being gay -- <BR> <BR> <BR> An Oklahoma woman is celebrating after the U.S. Army changed her discharge status from “other than honorable” to honorable 35 years after she was kicked out of the service for being a homosexual. <BR> <BR> Lisa Weiszmiller, 53, told The Oklahoman that she suffers post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of treatment she received while attending military police training at Fort Mc... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:32:40 EST Court overturns Alabama’s gay-sex ban! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245730 Court overturns Alabama’s gay-sex ban -- <BR> <BR> <BR> MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state law criminalizing consensual homosexual conduct is unconstitutional, an Alabama appeals court has ruled. <BR> <BR> The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals declared the so-called sexual-misconduct law unconstitutional based on a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned a similar Texas law on due-process grounds. The judges said no other Alabama court had addressed the law’s constitutionality. <BR> ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:30:38 EST Obama’s executive order expanding LGBT job.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58245681 Obama’s executive order expanding LGBT job protections largest in US history -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The White House announced on Monday that President Barack Obama will issue an executive order requiring all companies with federal government contracts to refrain from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. <BR> <BR> It is currently legal to fire people because of their sexual orientation in 29 states, and in 33 states it is legal to fire people fo... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:27:22 EST 6.17: Gay Couple In Wisconsin Got An Amazing Surpr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58243630 Gay Couple In Wisconsin Got An Amazing Surprise At Dinner <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/ne<BR>wlywed-gay-couple-dinner_n_5470241.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 05:32:39 EST 13 Things You Should Never Put In The Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13670x940x58243507 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/mi<BR>crowave-cooking-tips_n_5488231.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:51:46 EST Separation of church and state http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58239220 The U.S. Supreme Court today did a good thing for our nation's young people – especially gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth – when it denied an appeal from the Elmbrook School District, leaving in place a federal appeals court decision that said holding public high school graduations in a church was unconstitutional for violating the separation of church and state. <BR> <BR> Read the rest here: <link>us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e2bbf63<BR>8ef2297cb0709a63be&id=9d7899271b&e=754<BR... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:02:27 EST Bozeman, MT Gives Final OK to Nondiscrim ination.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58235946 Bozeman, Mont., Gives Final OK to Nondiscrimination Law -- <BR> <BR> <BR> It’s official – Bozeman, Mont., has an LGBT-inclusive antidiscrimination ordinance. <BR> <BR> The City Commission finalized its approval of the ordinance by a unanimous vote Monday night, after having given it preliminary approval last month, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports. <BR> <BR> More here: <link>www.advocate.com/politics/2014/06/05<BR>/bozeman-mont-gives-final-ok-nondiscri<BR>mination-law </link> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:39:49 EST Lesbian African safari company turns 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13671x940x58235759 For a decade Jody Cole, owner and operator of Wild Rainbow African Safaris, has unraveled the continent's mystery, magic, and complexity for travelers. <BR> <BR> Cole, a 52-year-old lesbian, started out before she formed the company, sharing her love for Africa with friends as a safari guide. In 2005, she began taking travelers to Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, to name a few of the countries through which she's trekked. <BR> <BR> Today, more than 300 people have follow... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:27:30 EST LGBT groups ditch ENDA support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58235716 A growing number of national and statewide LGBT organizations are coming out against the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, saying that while it bans workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, the federal law also would allow religious organizations to discriminate against LGBTs even in non-ministerial or non-pastoral capacities. <BR> <BR> Advocates for LGBT equality maintain the proposed religious exemption, unprecedented in civil rights legisl... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:24:34 EST Gay Dads Share Their Stories for Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58225219 Gay fathers from around the country tell us about their Father’s Day plans and memories, and what this special day means to them. <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/ga<BR>y-fathers-day-2014_n_5489751.html </link> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 12:07:45 EST Gay Father's Day eCard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58217470 The Huffington Post | By Curtis M. Wong | 06/12/2014 <BR> <BR> Just in time for Father's Day, Hallmark is honoring children with two dads with a special eCard. <BR> <BR> Created by transgender artist Kylie Summer Wu, "I'll Take Two" depicts a young girl shopping for Father's Day gifts, selecting two of each item before introducing her two fathers. The clip concludes with both fathers and their daughter sharing a hug. <BR> <BR> "The greatest dad in the world," the eCard reads. "I've got tw... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:52:54 EST Newlyweds after five decades http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x940x58216673 Jim Darby and Patrick Bova, the lead plaintiffs in the Lambda Legal lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois, were married June 2 after more than 50 years of love and commitment. See photos of their celebration: <link>support.lambdalegal.org/site/R?i=f66<BR>FQ_sNNSi4I_mJtg4KZw </link> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:47:27 EST Hello from Texas :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x940x58205953 Hi everyone! My name's Amanda and I've been on Spark a little over three years now. Branching out to new Sparkteams. I've come here because I'm an agender bisexual biological female, married for 15 years with three sons aged 13, 11, and 10. I'm hoping to find a few like-minded people here. :) I originally hit my goal of losing 100 lbs in Feb 2013 and have spent the last 16 months maintaining. I'm now ready to work on the last 20-25 lbs. Glad to meet all of you. :) Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:34:35 EST Grilled by Congress, antigay attorney denies.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204694 Grilled by Congress, antigay attorney denies support for Russia’s LGBT crackdown -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, the head of a conservative legal group may have misled the committee when he said that he does not support the implementation of Russian-style antigay laws in the United States. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States” to study t... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:50:02 EST Tex Mess: Rick Perry goes to San Francisco, and... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204656 Tex Mess: Rick Perry goes to San Francisco, compares homosexuality to alcoholism -- <BR> <BR> <BR> At a speaking event in San Francisco on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) stunned listeners by comparing homosexual attraction to alcoholism, and said that LGBT people can choose whether or not to participate in their “lifestyle.” <BR> <BR> The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Perry was addressing the Commonwealth Club of California when he made the remarks, which drew a “murmur of disbe... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:47:07 EST OK GOP candidate: Let cities decide whether gays.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204623 OK GOP candidate: Let cities decide whether gays should be stoned to death -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A magazine editor in Oklahoma was putting together candidate information for a feature when a friend alerted him to online comments posted last year by a candidate for state representative. <BR> <BR> “This guy posted on Facebook that homosexuals should be stoned to death,” said Rob Morris, who published the Moore Monthly and MooreDaily.com. “My first response was, ‘You’re nuts, nobody would be stup... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:44:15 EST Newly elected president of Southern Baptists calls http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204593 Newly elected president of Southern Baptists calls homosexuality Satan’s ‘con job’ -- <BR> <BR> <BR> The Southern Baptist Convention this week chose a new president who has taught that homosexuality is a “con job” by Satan <BR> <BR> At its annual convention in Baltimore this week, members of the Southern Baptist Convention elected Arkansas megachurch pastor Rev. Ronnie Floyd with 52 percent of the vote. <BR> <BR> Floyd, who wrote a book titled “The Gay Agenda,” explained his thoughts on ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:41:48 EST Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride fes-- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204564 Eight men beat down gay man at Detroit Pride festival — and it’s caught on video -- <BR> <BR> <BR> A gay man said this week that he may never return to Detroit’s annual Pride festival after he was beaten because of his sexuality while attending the event over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Christin Howard, 20, told WXYZ that that he was at Motor City Pride festival on Sunday when eight men began circling him. He said that they commented on his hair, used homophobic slurs, and threatened violence.... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:39:47 EST Wisconsin appeals court order lifting same-sex http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=17939x940x58204540 Wisconsin appeals court order lifting same-sex marriage ban, but weddings go on -- <BR> <BR> <BR> MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Officials in Wisconsin’s two largest counties on Monday reported brisk traffic from same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses after a federal judge’s ruling last week that the state’s ban on gay nuptials was unconstitutional. <BR> <BR> The steady stream of couples seeking licenses in Milwaukee County and Dane County, which includes the state capital Madison, continued as... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:37:19 EST